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02-10-2013, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by ponder View Post
I've played insane amounts of shinny hockey with normal pucks and no protective gear (generally just gloves, skates, stick), and nobody ever got hurt. You just don't raise the puck. When you play truly competitive hockey, hard shots in traffic tend to go hand in hand with hustle, physicality, etc., so you need gear anyways because you'll be hitting the ice/boards decently often. Once you get used to hockey pucks, the weight just feel "right" for puck handling, passing, shooting, etc. I'd imagine a light puck would bounce a lot more, especially when the ice gets all chopped up and snowy.
Unfortunately, most "pond hockey" and shinny hockey places I've played at requires pretty much full gear. I guess it's a liability issue as newer skates don't have good control and can result in some significant collisions with each other.

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