How Maple Leafs staff helped save a rec-leaguer from a skate cut to the throat: ‘I thought I was going to die’

[ad_1] It was inside the Toronto Maple Leafs dressing room that Ike Werner first allowed himself to believe he was going to survive. After having his throat cut accidentally by a skate blade during a Sunday afternoon rec league game at the NHL team’s practice facility earlier this month, a terrifying experience turned surreal when … Read more

NHL player poll: Why most players say the league shouldn’t mandate neck guards

[ad_1] Mandatory neck guards are coming to youth hockey in the United States. Already required in Canada and many other countries, USA Hockey, which governs the sport at the amateur level in the U.S., has long held its line at “recommending” laceration protection — namely neck guards, but also cut-resistant socks, sleeves and undergarments. The … Read more