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08-21-2012, 07:13 PM
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I was really surprised to find out when my son was playing summer hockey in the States that neckguards weren't mandatory. Getting cut in the neck is a freak injury, but it's happened in the pro's and I remember when it happen in Junior A in Halifax. The player was cut by a falling teammate's skate and survived because the trainer basically tackled him to the ice to get him down and get pressure on the wound that was spurting blood across the ice. To my knowledge the player never played again due to the permanent nerve damage. Just not worth the risk IMO. My son's had one since he joined minor hockey 10 years ago so it doesn't seem to be a big deal since he's used to it.

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