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03-06-2013, 05:37 PM
Nac Mac Feegle
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i think at this stage of the game with the size and speed of today's players and the rise in injuries that a full cage like in college and high school should mandatory.
every player has a cut, bruise or missing teeth on their face and it is the only part of their body that is not protected but yet gets injured often to all players.
you would think by now they would have changed that.
i also think it is time for some changes to the helmet. they need more padding like a nfl helmet and the chin strap needs to be kept snug so the helmet stays put and combine that with the full cage and it would eliminate a lot of needless injuries.
goalies use a cage and no one needs to see what is going on more then him and they do fine.
not using cages is more of a excuse and macho thing then anything else as well as the traditionalists don't like it and some rules would be effected like high sticking and as much as teams don't want to see anyone hurt they are not ready to lose the opportunity to get a power play or even a double minor if blood were drawn.
There's really no logical reason not to wear a full cage. It's all about the appearance of being macho. We can already see in some posts in this thread where it's all about the dinosaur way of playing the game.
As for fighting, if you ever watch the WHL, they have a tradition where, if you're going to fight, both players take off their helmets first (at least, until the last year or so). Most fights in the league now are just useless staged slapfests anyway. If there's anything that makes hockey look like the stupidest sport on the planet, it's two supposed tough guys at the faceoff jawing at each other and dropping the gloves for NO reason.
If someone throws a dirty hit against a teammate, that's when you go full Dexter on him. And if he turtles, just flip the idiot over on his back and pummel away. (That'll stop turtling in a hurry.)
As for the helmets....imagine if Sidney Crosby was actually wearing a good helmet strapped up properly the last few years. Chances are
he still would've been concussed, it would've been minor.
How many star players are we willing to lose long term when there's equipment available that would've prevented so many needless injuries? Yes, it's a collision sport and accidents can always occur, but there's no excuse for many of the injuries we've seen the past few years.
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