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03-27-2012, 01:08 PM
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The problem with cages that people don't think about is that it's an everyone or no one type situation - which is why cages are against the rules unless you have a medical reason at the NHL level.
I haven't seen anything in the NHL rulebook that says full face shields are not permitted. I'm happy to be proven wrong, but as far as I know there is no such rule.
The reason for this is that your cage is metal. And therefore it's hard. And if you run into another person you're going to really mess up their face if they're not wearing a cage. So basically, either everyone has to wear one, or no one should wear one...
I've heard this argument before but I'm not sure I buy it.
Sticks are hard. Helmets are hard. Visors are hard. End caps on pads are hard. Pucks are hard. We've seen plenty of faces get messed up by all of those things.
The threat of a facial injury from someone else's cage isn't much more than the threat of injury from their helmet or visor.
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