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03-07-2010, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Tikkanen View Post
If a rink mandated neck guards and cages would their league fees drop? I'd like to know from those of you who have ever ran a rink or known somebody who did. Are there any rinks out there who mandate equipment other than the normal stuff? I'd be interested to know if there is any cause and effect as far as cages, visors or nothing is worn. If not then it would prove the point of those of you who say you should be able to wear what you want after you turn 18. Seems like USA Hockey would look into some sort of experiment rink to rink. Same thing with mouthguards. For every guy that says wear them or else there is a picture of a guy who wore one and it has his tooth in it. There has to be injury statistics somewhere that would tell us hockey players if we are more safe if we wore a cage/neck guard/mouth guard/visor or just a helmet.
Good question. If the game is made "safer" by requiring more safety equipment then shouldn't related liability costs go down and passed on to the players paying the fees? I'd think so, but I wonder if the insurance etc is the same either way.

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