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Old December 18th, 2017, 12:01 AM   #1
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Alex Kerfoot wasn’t looking after his right foot the right way. The Avalanche rookie wasn’t wearing the plastic skate boot protection that used to be made mandatory by the team.

Because of superior stick technology and training methods, slap shots in today’s NHL have never been harder — including the difficulty to see the puck — and more dangerous to block. Even with increased manufacturer skate boot technology from the factory https://www.coavalanchefans.com/blank-jersey-c-25.html, players at the highest level need addition protection for their feet and ankles.

Dec. 9 at Pittsburgh, Kerfoot wasn’t wearing the plastic skate fenders he wore in Sunday’s practice — the same pair he likely will wear Monday against the Penguins after missing three games because of a severe foot contusion. Kerfoot, who inadvertently blocked a shot from teammate Erik Johnson a week ago, is questionable for the second meeting in eight days with Pittsburgh.

He wouldn’t have suffered the injury if he had been wearing the Skate Fender Pro, the Velcro attached product available online for 69.99.

“I’ll never play at this level without them again,” Kerfoot said. “I’ve worn them for the last two days in practice and I can’t tell a difference. I’m already used to them.”

The Avs mandated the skate fenders for the 2015 16 season, after prized center Nathan MacKinnon suffered https://www.coavalanchefans.com/semy...ersey-c-1.html a broken foot and missed the last part of the 2014 15 season. Patrick Roy was head coach and vice president of the team at the time, and he ordered the extra protection. Jared Bednar took over for Roy as head coach before last season, and at some point the skate fenders were no longer mandatory.

“We strongly encourage that they wear them,” Bednar said Sunday. “Some guys don’t like wearing them, but we like to see guys wear them. We have a handful of guys who don’t. I think it’s like anything else https://www.coavalanchefans.com/jona...ersey-c-2.html, like getting used to wearing your seat belt. Once you wear it for a week, you don’t notice that it’s on.

“Speaking for Kerfoot specifically, he’s a young guy trying to crack into the league and he hypothetically gets hit in the wrong spot and he breaks his foot and he’s out six weeks. Or he can wear them and not miss any time. So I think it’s important if guys wear them Erik Johnson Jersey, if they can get used to them. There’s a bunch of different options for them now. You can get them built into your skate or wear the clear plastic ones that most of our guys have, and they can modify them for each particular guy.”
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