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01-13-2006, 05:13 AM
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Very good question. I ditched my full cage as soon as I was old enough (about ten years ago), started with a half visor after that, got rid of that within a season and went visor/cage'less up to this season when the UK ice hockey federation made a half-visor the minimum requirement.

I always found the guys with full-cages extremely irritating, they seemed to play chippier than was required and were FAR more reckless with the stick. I guess that is one reason why I never wore one, I didn't like the stigma of it. Visibility of course was also a huge factor.

Having said that, we are all now playing in rec leagues, we all have jobs to go to the next morning. Black eyes and stitches might be 'cool' if you are an NHL enforcer but seem very 'uncool' to my boss. Screw being macho, if I were you , get the full cage on, and enjoy the game. Good luck.

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