Found January 15, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail, While concussions have dominated the game’s attention – and rightly so – more and more players have taken a puck off a skate and found themselves hobbled for weeks. The exact number of foot fallen is hard to pin down since many teams classify their injuries by region – upper body, lower body – or by insisting it was a pre-existing condition complicated by a bone bruise, à la James Neal of the Pittsburgh Penguins. But more than a dozen players have been officially downed by a foot ailment and the wondering is, why exactly is that? Is it because bigger, stronger players are using composite sticks and shooting harder than ever before? Is it because more players now measure their worth via shots blocked, welts received? Or are not enough players wearing some sort of guard to protect the instep and middle part of the foot? The fact most players don’t wear any kind of foot protection (beyond defencemen using ankle guards) is a significant contribut...
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