THAT’S WHY PLAYERS HAVE PROTECTIVE GEAR HEAD TO TOE AND RIGHT YOU KNOW THAT, EQUIPMENT HAS ONE FAMILY FEELING VERY THANKFUL. Reporter: WHEN IT’S TIME TO TIME TO LACE UP, JAKE NEVER FORGETS THE GUARD. HE HAS BEEN PLAYING HOCKEY SINCE HE WAS 8. AND JUST 10 DAYS AGO, THIS HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN’S LIFE TOOK A SERIOUS TURN. CRASHED INTO ANOTHER PLAYER TRYING TO GET DOWN THE ICE WITH THE PUCK. THEY BOTH WENT DOWN AND — HIS SKATE SCRAPED DOWN MY CAGE AND HIT ME HERE. I DIDN’T THINK I WAS BLEEDING AND I LOOKED DOWN AND I SAW BLOOD ON MY JERSEY SO I GRABBED MY NECK AND SKATED OFF FAST. Reporter: HIS TRAINING KICKED IN. I MOVED HIS NECK GUARD IT WAS 1.5″ GASH BELOW THE JAW LINE. AND IT WAS, UM, IT WAS DEEP. IT WAS PRETTY DEEP. Reporter: HOW CLOSE WAS THIS TO BEING A CRISIS SITUATION? HE MISSED ARTERY BY 2 MILLIMETERS. WITHOUT THE NECK GUARD HE WOULD BE DEAD. ALL IT HAD TO DO WAS IMPEDE THAT CUT BY TWO MILLIMETERS SAVING HIS LIFE. Reporter: THE SKATE CREATES AN EVER PRESENT DANGER. [ BUZZER ] Reporter: BLADES ARE SHARPENED TO A RAZOR’S EDGE BUT THEY CAN’T CUT THROUGH THE KEVLAR OF A NECK GUARD. THE THOUGHT OF THAT SKATE CUTTING HIM ANYWHERE IS DAUNTING. BUT YOU NEVER EXPECT SOMETHING THAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE DEADLY. Reporter: YOU SPENT 21 YEARS IN THE NYPD. YOU HAVE SEEN SOME PRETTY ROUGH STUFF. HOW DIFFERENT WAS THIS? A LITTLE DIFFERENT. IT WAS A KID. Reporter: 10 DAYS AND A FEW STITCHES LATER JAKE WAS BACK ON THE ICE FOR HIS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM SKATING HIS WAY TOWARDS THE FUTURE. I LOOK AT EVERY DAY NOW, DON’T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED, YOU KNOW? THANK GOD EVERY NIGHT. THANK GOD FOR THAT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT. IF YOU ASK ANY HOCKEY PARENT, IT’S PROBABLY THE CHEAPEST PIECE OF EQUIPMENT YOU BUY BUT MIGHT BE THE MOST IMPORTANT. Reporter: I CONTACTED NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY AND CONNECTICUT STATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATIONS. THEY ALL SAY NECK GUARDS ARE MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR EVERY PLAYER AT THEIR LEVEL. IT’S JUST UP TO THE REFS, THE COACHES, THE PARENTS TO ENFORCE THE RULES. IT’S UP TO THE PARENTS, REALLY, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR KIDS ARE WEARING THESE. SOME OF THEM SAY THAT IT’S UNCOMFORTABLE TO PUT ON THE NECK GUARD, BUT —

Hockey Neck Guard Saves High Schoolers Life
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8 thoughts on “Hockey Neck Guard Saves High Schoolers Life

  • May 11, 2017 at 11:18 pm
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    Mine always used to fall off… lucky kid, glad he is well.

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  • May 23, 2018 at 3:01 am
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    High school team captain as a freshman? How shitty of a team are they?

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  • October 20, 2018 at 2:39 pm
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    Wearing a guard makes sense to me. But this story is odd. "Even these (skates) can't cut through kevlar of a neck guard." But the parents said the neck guard impeded the cut by at least 2mm. Would have been much more convincing if they showed us the sliced neck guard.

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  • February 26, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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    Kid probably gets chirped so hard for wearing this lmao. Neck guard boi

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  • March 4, 2019 at 2:31 am
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    Thank God

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  • March 15, 2019 at 6:18 am
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    What’s the point of the neck guard if it still cut him

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  • June 13, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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    Should of cut his hair lol I know this kid

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  • July 25, 2019 at 3:28 am
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    I’m never gonna not use a neck guard again. I don’t wear mine for my skating clinic, I’m going to next time cuz someone might fall and I could fall right into it and get my neck cut.

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