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06-04-2013, 10:54 PM
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Throat protection

Right now I wear a low quality throat protector... the same one I've been wearing for 20 years, plus a shield.

Today my shield was broken by a helluva slapshot.

Do I just buy a new shield (and use my old throat protector), or go with a high quality throat protector, but no shield? I'm not bothered by the shield, in fact I think it gives me some confidence... Do non shield goalies feel confident in their throat protection?

Last year my larynx was fractured by a freak deflection and my shield jumping funny, and the puck getting to my throat- the one game where I forgot my protector. The puck was deflected a foot in front of me and went straight up. (And it got fractured again a month ago playing soccer). My voice is now **** and my thoughts of a singing career are over.

More experienced goalies- would a high end throat protector have helped?

And generally, what are other goalies out there wearing?

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06-05-2013, 12:34 AM
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I wear both a Crouch collar and a (dangler) shield. I'm not getting paid, so I might as well protect myself.

I mentioned this in the History forum and on my website, but the ESPN Malarchuk documentary came out last week:


A great watch (although somewhat graphic).

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06-05-2013, 12:51 AM
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I wear one of the oldschool plastic danglers and that's always been enough protection for me. The one time I played without it I took a shot to the side of the neck.

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06-05-2013, 01:53 AM
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maltese throat protector... once you go maltese you never go back

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