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06-14-2006, 08:05 PM
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There's no real reason not to have them, other than the longstanding macho culture of the sport decrying those who wear full facial protection as somehow being less of a man. They do impair vision somewhat, but everyone's wearing them, then everyone's at the same relative disadvantage. The argument can be made that cages cause players to be more careless with their sticks and carry them higher, but I'd take that tradeoff over guys losing teeth and eyes. Probably at some point the NHL will at the very least have to mandate visors and force the NHLPA to go along as they did with helmets.

Personally, I've always played with a full cage, and I've taken far too many pucks/sticks to the face to ever take it off.

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