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Many Penguins still frown on Kevlar socks

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10:51 AM ET 02.16 | Defenseman Brooks Orpik is one of the few Penguins who owns a pair of protective socks. But he's one of the many who has no intention of wearing them. "My dad gave me a pair last year, and I can't say I didn't like them," Orpik said before the Penguins faced Winnipeg at the MTS Centre Friday night. "Because I never tried them." Those socks, made primarily of Kevlar, are designed to resist skate-blade cuts, the kind Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson suffered when Penguins winger Matt Cooke's skate came down on the back of his left leg Wednesday night. Cooke's blade sliced through 70 percent of Karlsson's Achilles tendon, requiring surgery that effectively ended his season. That incident renewed talk about the socks, much as visors become a prime topic of discussion when a player suffers an eye injury from a stick or puck. Karlsson's injury, though, didn't seem to change how most Penguins feels about them. Right winger Tyler Kennedy acknowledged that discomfort is the main problem players have with the socks, and said that seeing what happened to Karlsson won't prompt him to try them. "I guess I'm taking a risk," he said.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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February 16, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Many Penguins still frown on Kevlar socks

If I had to practice with that little prick Cooke I'd wear 'em.

February 16, 2013  11:09 AM ET



:-)

February 16, 2013  11:14 AM ET

Update for Canadiens fans.

Price has the flu and Petey's starting.....

You might want to schedule something else for tonight.

February 16, 2013  11:17 AM ET

I posted this the other day but it's worth a another look....

February 16, 2013  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Many Penguins still frown on Kevlar socksIf I had to practice with that little prick Cooke I'd wear 'em.

And, if Cooke was on a different team in their division, they wouldn't have to be asked twice.

February 16, 2013  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Many Penguins still frown on Kevlar socksIf I had to practice with that little prick Cooke I'd wear 'em.

Really, a body suit maybe.

February 16, 2013  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Really, a body suit maybe.

Something like this?

February 16, 2013  12:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Something like this?

Megafail but you get the idea. :-)

February 16, 2013  12:05 PM ET

That two faced hypocrite, Mario Lemieux, used cry like a little girl about the Matt Cooke type of players when he was playing. There was no end to his moaning and groaning about it. It was embarrassing to watch. Look at him now.

February 16, 2013  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Something like this?

That won't do. The teeth are exposed. Don't want them biting anybody either.

February 16, 2013  12:17 PM ET

the most used cut-resistant sock isn't even made with kevlar.

February 16, 2013  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

the most used cut-resistant sock isn't even made with kevlar.

Didn't you already say that .... yesterday?

February 16, 2013  12:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Didn't you already say that .... yesterday?

It really bothers me that people that get paid to write about hockey for a living couldn't be bothered to pick up the phone and call a manufacturer or go on a website, or even drop by a local sports store in order to understand what they're talking about. It's just lazy.

As I pointed out, I own some of these socks (I got them as demos when my friend was considering whether or not to stock them at his store). I wouldn't necessarily go out and buy them for myself playing beer league, BUT, if I had a kid that was playing elite hockey I would consider 30 dollars a pretty minimal price to pay, especially since quality socks run between 15-25$.

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February 16, 2013  01:23 PM ET

That exact type of hit happens many times in every game. It was just a fluke accident.

February 16, 2013  01:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I posted this the other day but it's worth a another look....

That was great! LMFAO! I howeled when I saw this! What a great game!

February 16, 2013  01:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Looking a lil chubby there Canuck....lol.

That's not me it's The Kessel.

February 16, 2013  01:55 PM ET

Although I believe it's important to be safe and understand the methods, enough about bulletproof socks!

Players can make that decision.

 
February 16, 2013  01:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

That's not me it's The Kessel.

Ha! Least he was on the score sheet that night, unlike the guys in the red jerseys with blue helmets!

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