Neck guard is a piece of protective equipment worn by ice hockey players around the neck area. The guard is to prevent injury to the neck by pucks, hockey sticks and skate blades. This piece is critical to goalies, whom are more likely at risk to be injured in this area. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ...
Goalie Clint Malarchuk, during a game in 1989, suffered a severe injury when two players collided in front of his goal and one player's skate caught on his neck, slicing open his jugular vein. He most likely would have died were immediate medical help not available. Ever since then, NHL regulations have required goalies to wear neck guards. Clint Malarchuk (May 1, 1961, Grande Prairie, Alberta) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the NHL between 1981 and 1992. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...
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