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....helmets make the issue worse. Not suggesting they aren't necessary, but I do think guys are more willing to land checks like that (it was absolutely legal, BTW) because they think the player is better protected.
It is interesting that the better players are protected, the 'braver' they are in taking shots, be they legal or cheap. Phil Esposito has said for years that the hard shoulder pads have led to increased head injuries. Face shields seem to make guys more willing to put their sticks high, he's said as well. In football, Mike Ditka http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8711704/Ditka:-Ditching-facemasks-would-halt-illegal-hits' target="_blank">recently made a similar argument[/post] by advocating removing the facemasks from football helmets: "If you want to change the game and get it back to where people aren't striking with the head and using the head as a weapon, take the mask off the helmet."

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