Originally Posted by Preacher
We used to have to wear neck guards when we played, the problem is, they simply can not make a guard that properly protects the next. It cannot go up high enough with enough protection yet afford the player enough flexibility in his neck to look around and not get blindsided.
Same here. Neck guards and mouth guards were mandatory. Neck guards were a pain in the butt. They were particulary annoying when the second period rolled around and they were soaked by cold water.
No matter the material, comfortability will always be an issue and so will hindering your ability to check behind you. Out of any piece of equipment I had to wear, that thing was the worst.
IMO, at the end of the day, if a player wants to wear a neck guard, that's his choice. It should remain optional and not mandatory, much like a visor or the throat guard Brodeur puts on his goalie helmet....
This was a freak accident. The last time something like this occured in the NHL was back in 1989. It's not like it occurs once a year or once every five years.
Just my two cents.