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01-10-2006, 07:09 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: London Ontario
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What exactly would you like the NHL to address? It's a very physical game. Unless you dress the players in those blow-up sumo suits or turn the NHL into a no-check league, there's very little that can be done.
It may be a physical game, but there's SOOOO much that can be done to help protect the players and cut down on the number of concussions, it isn't even funny.
First thing that needs to be done is to get rid of all the hard plastic equipment. For instance, the hard plastic shoulder pads and elbow pads are like being hit by a brick. There's all kind of soft padding out there now that protects players from being hurt by skate blades and flying pucks. As well, when you hit someone, the big thing is that it helps cushion the blow AND it doesn't feel like you've run into a brick wall.
The second thing is to replace all the seamless glass in the league and to go back to the boards that have some give to them a la the old Buffalo Auditorium.
Those are just two things that can be done to help cut back on the number of concussions. I remember Ron MacLean and Don Cherry talking about the new hockey padding on Hockey Night in Canada, but the NHL won't use it because they have a deal in place with Jofa or someone like that to use their hard plastic padding.
Someone also mentioned making mouthguards mandatory and I agree with that one. They have been proven to help cut back on the number of concussions.
Of course, there will always be things like elbows, high sticks, dirty hits, etc.....that will unfortunately cause some kind of injury. However, there's nothing wrong with bringing in some preventative measures to help drop the number of concussions that are sustained on a yearly basis.
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