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Steven Stamkos to wear cut-resistant socks

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04:03 PM ET 02.15 | In the wake of the Erik Karlsson incident on Wednesday night that resulted in a lacerated Achilles Tendon, Tampa Bay Lightning star forward Steven Stamkos has decided to start wearing cut-resistant socks. In the last few days, much debate has been sparked over whether these types of kevlar fashioned material should become mandatory for all players. While the socks won't prevent all injury, they will stop players from suffering severe injuries like the one Karlsson sustained on Wednesday night. The material is similar to a bullet proof vest, in that it minimizes damage and protects the person wearing it from excessive harm.

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Steven Stamkos , USA Today Steven Stamkos , USA Today
February 15, 2013  04:33 PM ET

This sounds like it makes way too much sense to implement.

February 15, 2013  04:35 PM ET

I've heard Harry Crack wears support hose.

February 15, 2013  04:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This sounds like it makes way too much sense to implement.

Remember how many times Mario would get whacked on the wrist because he insisted on chopping down the wrist portion of his gloves?

These guys are not bright.

Here at work they drum safety into our heads 24/7. Hard hats in the bush, steel toed boots, faller's pants for chainsaw operators.

And they only make $75K a year in a good year.

You'd think these putzes would be concerned about their brazillion $ salaries they could loose just like that.

February 15, 2013  04:51 PM ET

It's the same reaction every time there is a freak accident that involves a skate...

I remember after Donald Audette got his wrist sliced with a sakte, every major equipment manufacturer came out with some take on and articulating wrist guard-glove combo. Tons of cut proof wrist guard models were also developped. In the end nothing changed.

While I was working at Reebok there was a really bad skate-cut-to-the-neck involving Zednik. A friend of mine that was working in project development showed me a few dozen e-mails that customer service had forwarded him. Apparantly neck protectors aren't mandatory in youth hockey in all U.S. states, so a good number of consumers weren't even aware of the existense of neck guards. There was no spike in neck guard sales that year, despite an nhl player nearly being killed on the ice.

And in this case the retailers are going to sell a bunch of socks over the next few weeks, and then everyone will forget about it.

February 15, 2013  04:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Remember how many times Mario would get whacked on the wrist because he insisted on chopping down the wrist portion of his gloves?These guys are not bright.Here at work they drum safety into our heads 24/7. Hard hats in the bush, steel toed boots, faller's pants for chainsaw operators.And they only make $75K a year in a good year.You'd think these putzes would be concerned about their brazillion $ salaries they could loose just like that.

and it's a good product, on top of it all. The leader in the industry has his product in 28 nhl rooms, and the product is there for any player that wants to take it. They just can't force the players to use them (thank you, collective bargaining).

I could understand if the product sucked, or if it was incredibly uncomfortable...but they feel just like any other quality sock.

February 15, 2013  04:53 PM ET

they could be really heavy though. these things are a freak accident, or a maliciously dirty play. i dont see the need for them really.

February 15, 2013  04:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

they could be really heavy though. these things are a freak accident, or a maliciously dirty play. i dont see the need for them really.

I'd wear them.

I heard a lame excuse that a lot of players are used to wearing no socks at all in their skates.

Exceedingly lame.

Doctor, Doctor it hurts when I do this!

Then don't do that dumb dumb...

February 15, 2013  05:04 PM ET

They should be made mandatory, along with neck and foot guards. Kevlar baby!

February 15, 2013  05:31 PM ET

How many times do you see a guy fall down in a pile and blades are right there?

It's a wonder it doesn't happen more often.

February 15, 2013  06:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

How many times do you see a guy fall down in a pile and blades are right there?It's a wonder it doesn't happen more often.

I remember a neck injury a couple years back. Scary.

February 15, 2013  07:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

This sounds like it makes way too much sense to implement.

Are they going to start wearing Kevlar underwear and full body armor? Might as well protect the crown jewels while they are at it.

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February 15, 2013  07:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Remember how many times Mario would get whacked on the wrist because he insisted on chopping down the wrist portion of his gloves?These guys are not bright.Here at work they drum safety into our heads 24/7. Hard hats in the bush, steel toed boots, faller's pants for chainsaw operators.And they only make $75K a year in a good year.You'd think these putzes would be concerned about their brazillion $ salaries they could loose just like that.

well said.

February 15, 2013  08:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

They should be made mandatory, along with neck and foot guards. Kevlar baby!

the most used cut-proof sock doesn't even have kevlar in the blend. It actually feels and performs like a normal high quality sports sock.

February 16, 2013  01:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

the most used cut-proof sock doesn't even have kevlar in the blend. It actually feels and performs like a normal high quality sports sock.

so why isn't every player wearing them?

February 16, 2013  09:34 AM ET

No matter how freak an accident....you'd think guys would want to protect against them if possible.

February 16, 2013  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

so why isn't every player wearing them?

because players feel invincible.

Why does Marty Brodeur still have his chest protector and jock strap from when he came into the league?

Better yet, why do only a small handful of NHL players wear neck guards, even though they've all seen incidents like Zdnick, and even thuogh they've all worn them since they played youth hockey? It's an image and culture thing. It used to be that you got ot the big leagues, you take off the visor.

I don't have a particular interest in players wearing the socks or not. I just think that it's ridiculous not to when they feel fine and they are free.

February 16, 2013  02:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Remember how many times Mario would get whacked on the wrist because he insisted on chopping down the wrist portion of his gloves?

Adam Graves agrees....

 
February 16, 2013  03:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

because players feel invincible. Why does Marty Brodeur still have his chest protector and jock strap from when he came into the league? Better yet, why do only a small handful of NHL players wear neck guards, even though they've all seen incidents like Zdnick, and even thuogh they've all worn them since they played youth hockey? It's an image and culture thing. It used to be that you got ot the big leagues, you take off the visor.I don't have a particular interest in players wearing the socks or not. I just think that it's ridiculous not to when they feel fine and they are free.

good points

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