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01-15-2013, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
When the Masterton incident happened in 1968 it changed very little in the NHL. Players were helmetless for the most part anyway and continued to be. You are right about the grassroots level though since helmets were starting to become mandatory with kids. I guess the fact that most players were wearing helmets anyway that were entering the league by 1979 sort of made sense to grandfather the rule in.
Plus you have the Ted Green incident and by 1979, North American had had plenty of exposure to the European/Russian game and I believe they all wore helmets.

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