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January 29, 1968
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January 29, 1968

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Another argument used against mandatory helmets is that they would take away the "personality" of individual players, though this has not proved to be the case in football or in baseball, a sport that took 50 years to make the batting helmet standard equipment. Their use would, however, radically alter the look of the game.

Statistics indicate that only a small percentage of pro hockey players receive permanently disabling injuries—in an exceedingly rough game. Perhaps mandatory helmets are not necessary, but it would be wise for the NHL to sponsor an intensive research program to develop an ideal lightweight helmet that players can use if they choose.

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