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11-16-2006, 06:03 PM
Heat McManus
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I worked at a pro shop in NYC (and will be going back soon) so some nights I sharpened skates from 4pm-10pm non-stop. When it got real late and my eyes were weary from staring at a sharpening wheel for 6 straight hours i would occassionally slip and cut myself on a blade I had just sharpened. Usually nothing more than a deep paper cut, but this is also with the blade or my hand not moving too much.

Skates can be VERY sharp! Even blades done at a low hollow can cause a serious laceration if sliced on the skin. This is why youth leagues have manditory neck guards.

There isn't as much danger while playing as there is during an open skate at a local rink where people are wearing street clothes. The Malarchuk and Bourque incidents are very rare. The last time something like this happened was in 03 or 04 when Yashin's fore-arm was stepped on.

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