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by Paul on 11/28/09 at 11:32 AM ET
from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
Kris King, the NHL’s senior director of hockey operations, had what at first appears to be an odd looking piece of equipment on his desk in Toronto this week.
It’s a clear, plastic shield, shaped like a skate boot, complete with lace holes and Velcro fasteners. The function is obvious: To help prevent foot injuries.
The shield is one of several new innovations surfacing as the pro game deals with a rash of injuries that are claiming star players.
King, as he always does with new equipment developments, will give the shield careful consideration. He’s not out to endorse it, just clear it so players and executives can be assured the shield is functional, but won’t radically alter the game.
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