The injury that Erik Karlsson suffered on Wednesday night was horrific.  It is the type of injury that has scared me for sometime now.  It is actually surprising that this type of injury is not more frequent.  Sharp blades on slippery ice, body checks, scrums in front of the net, it is amazing that more injuries do not happen like this one.  The first question asked when something like this happens is “doesn’t he have a pad there to protect him”?  Well the answer is no.  A hockey player has a great deal of equipment to protect themselves, but things happen and you just cannot protect every part of your body.  There is one piece of equipment that is available to help prevent this injury.  It is socks that are made out of Kevlar.  These are not totally cut proof, but the Kevlar resists and minimizes cuts.  This sounds great, but many players are not using these products. Players resist change.  Often they will not want to try new equipment, but recent testimonials about these Kevlar socks have shown that they are comfortable, and do not inhibit performance.  These are the two arguments players usually have with trying new equipment.  One company that offers this product is Hogans Hockey.  This may not have completely prevented this, but according to Hogans Hockey testimonials this injury could have been prevented or reduced the severity significantly.  I hate to see injuries such as this, and although it was completely unintentional, Karlsson is out for the rest of the season.  It is time to take precautions and where all the equipment we can to prevent as many injuries as possible.


Brad Burud the owner/editor of the Inside Edge Hockey News. I am a huge fan of hockey, from youth hockey, to junior hockey, and of course professional hockey. I have played, coached, worked as statistician, and watched hockey all of my life. Hockey is not just a game, it is a lifestyle and family. The game of hockey is great! It can bring you nights of great enjoyment. It also brings nights where you feel like your team will never win. I am proud to be a journalist for the greatest game in the world. I have a degree in Business Administration, Psychology from Minot State University. I also have a Hockey General Manager and Scouting, and Sports Communications/Journalism degree from Sports Management Worldwide. I am also a member of the Sports Executives Association. Most of all I am a fan. Hockey is a huge part of my life and my families life.

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