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03-04-2010, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Jarick View Post
It's a good PSA...reading about a number of players who died from heart attacks from taking slappers to the chest got me to pick up some better shoulder pads, and reading about (and seeing pictures of) people who got speared by composite sticks got me putting end plugs in them. Last I checked, nobody was getting paid to play hockey on these sites, so wearing some protective gear just makes sense.
I think it's up to the rinks, maybe USA Hockey or whatever organization watches over Canadian leagues but I'd like to see standardized equipment minimums. I think visors should be mandatory, just like the minors. You don't like it go play somewhere else. Shoulder pads should be required as well. If you don't have the minimum equipment required to play you sit, simple as that. Maybe for rec league hockey cages should be required? I don't wear one but it seems like it would wipe out a lot of injuries and insurance costs the rinks and the players pay.

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