(Don Cherry is hockey commentator for CBC Sports in Canada)
This from the guy who’s famous quote on Visors:
“Most of the guys that wear them are Europeans and French Guys.”caused an uproar in the hockey world and led to an investigation by the Canadian government and the decision to put Coach's Corner on a seven-second delay to allow statements deemed inappropriate to be censored. (Even though he was right.)
His latest ankle guard sighting was Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada.
He pointed out that Josh Gorges of the Canadiens was wearing a pair. They look a lot sleeker than the bulky ones I’ve seen for sale online. Does anyone know who makes them?
On a post back in Feb 08 I wondered if ankle guards might be a good idea. I still haven’t met anyone who actually wares them.
The only other NHL player I know wearing them is Chris Phillips. He uses them to protect his sore ankle that was wounded from blocking a shot that caused his foot to bleed.
Chris Pronger doesn’t wear ankle guards but he has modified his shin pads to help his feet stay somewhat healthy while he block shots.
"There is a piece of hard shin pad inside the pad to help aid in dispersing the shock of a shot to my foot. It has worked quite well over the years and has probably saved me a few times from breaking my foot. While it doesn’t stop the pain or the sting of a slapshot it definitely helps to protect."Unlike Visors, ankle guards still haven’t made the big time. I doubt they ever will.