Hockey is such an incredibly dangerous sport. Everything happens at high speed. In addition to 200+ lb athletes moving at incredible speeds...hitting objects with little to no give like the boards, in addition to a surface akin to concrete...a hard, vulcanized rubber projectile that can move in excess of 100mph... Sticks that cut and fly through the air at all angles and elevations...skates shaper that butcher knives... It's an absolute MIRACLE more people don't DIE in this game, let alone get mamed or injured.
Jay Beagle and Eric Fehr from the Capitals wear Kevlar-reinforced socks. Every player on the Caps was greeted with a box of them and a note from George McPhee on Wednesday, encouraging them to try 'em out.
It was made mandatory in Montreal after Robert Lang and Andre Markov suffered Achilles tears in 2009. Roman Hamrlik tried them on then and still wears them to this day.
Gregory Campbell never heard of them until he heard a guy talk about it on the Colorado/Nashville game the other night. He thinks its a good idea.
Andrew Ference wears sleeves made of Kevlar material. Dennis Seidenberg has been sliced across the top of his calves and across his chest by errant skate blades. But he isn't consistent about wearing the protection from game to game. His only complaint is that they don't soak up moisture that well.
Do a news search for "hockey" and "kevlar socks". A ton of articles in the past week. The company is doing well now.
Zach Redmond on the Jets cut over his knee at practice today. Seems bad. I think they're going to get even busier...
Looked bad, opened up like a bag of insulation apparently. Large pool of blood on the ice, and blood all over other players' jerseys and socks. Hell makes me want to get socks just for recreational skating. As said though it happened in a place the socks don't cover.