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02-23-2008, 11:19 PM
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My beer league is no-check, but hockey's a collision sport regardless, and at 125 lb. it's me who's most at risk. I wear a full cage, mouth guard, and neck guard, even though all are optional. I want every piece of protection available. I'm used to it all by now, and barely notice it.

A couple of (much larger) teammates wear none of that, nor shoulder and elbow pads. I just don't get it. Too many stray sticks, pucks, and skates, and clumsy, 200-lb.+ skaters out there to be casual. One of those teammate is frequently injured, but at least he's more "comfortable" without all that "excess" gear.

But we're supposedly mature adults, responsible for our own decisions. No kid playing minor hockey should wear anything less than what I do, and shame on USA Hockey and Hockey Canada for not mandating the use of approved neckguards and mouthguards respectively.

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