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Remove The Cage In College?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Paul Kelly, executive director of Newton-based College Hockey Inc., noted that the NCAA has begun to explore whether to scale back face and head protection to half-visors, at the option of individual players. Among those making presentations at a recent meeting on the issue were Boston University’s Jack Parker, Michigan’s Red Berenson, Notre Dame’s Jeff Jackson, and Kelly. “The main thrust of the argument by the proponents,’’ said Kelly, “is that the game will be safer once the full cage is removed. Players will play with less recklessness and with improved visibility to help see and avoid hits.’’ The downside is that the risk of eye injury with a full cage is zero, and half-visors, though effective, are not risk-free.

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Baroque's avatar

“...play with less recklessness…”?

We ARE talking about college kids, aren’t we? They aren’t CAPABLE of playing with less recklessness, it’s in their nature. smile

Better to try to keep them from killing themselves and each other and keep hammering on being safe, and hope the lesson sinks into their brains at some point. Because eventually it will - just a matter of making sure they keep their eyes in their sockets where they are supposed to be until it does.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 01/08/12 at 12:54 PM ET

Primis's avatar

It’s not the college kids that are the ones turning pro and then drilling each other in the face.

To be blunt, it’s the CanHL kids.  Even with mandatory visors only, those CanHL kids aren’t being taught right or something.  Particularly the WHL, where it seems every dirty player seems to come from any more…

The NCAA doesn’t need to remove cages.  Fact is, the pros and juniors maybe need to start WEARING them unless someone at the lower levels is going to teach them to not play dirty.

Posted by Primis on 01/08/12 at 05:49 PM ET

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