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 In the early days of hockey, there were no helmets, facemasks, or any sort of protective equipment, it just wasn’t anyone’s top priority. Not surprisingly, facial lacerations, concussions, and other head injuries were pretty common. It was rare in those days to see an NHL player who wasn’t missing a few front teeth.

The first hockey player to regularly wear a helmet was George Owen when he played for the Boston Bruins from 1928-29. Back then, helmets and protective gear weren’t required to play the game. In fact, due to peer and fan pressure, many players felt ridiculed and ashamed to wear a helmet.
 
Despite the repeated injuries, lacerations, concussions, and knocked-out teeth, the majority of hockey players refused to don protective gear for the next 40 years, until an incident in the late 1960’s would change the outlook on safety in hockey.

During a Minnesota North Stars game in January of 1968, Bill Masterton, the center for the North Stars, was skating towards an open puck after a pass. Before he could maneuver out of the way, two opposing players body checked him causing him to lose his balance and fall backwards, slamming his unprotected head into the hard ice.
 
As technology has progressed, so has the technology that goes into hockey helmets, and sporting helmets of all kinds. As concussions and lingering head injuries become a growing problem for players during their careers, and even after they retire, helmets are an ever important part of the game.Seattle Kraken Team NHL Face Coverings

"COVID is going through a second wave, which could be worse than the first wave," Bettman said. "Between Thanksgiving and the aftermath and what [experts] think are going to happen at Christmas and the aftermath, we are taking our time and making sure that as we look for ways to move forward, we are focused on health and safety and doing the right thing."

Bettman said training camps will not be significantly truncated, and he expects that teams will request to play at least one or two exhibition games before the season begins. Bettman also said the Canadian border remains an issue, and an all-Canadian division -- in which the seven Canadian teams play only one another -- remains a strong possibility.Carolina Hurricanes Team NHL Face Coverings
 
It did not. Instead, Cole returned to the ice for the Carolina Hurricanes in Games 6 and 7 of the Stanley Cup Final that year, giving his team an emotional lift as the Canes won their only championship. He would play nine more seasons in the NHL, but his health was never the same; Cole cited his broken neck as a factor when he shut down his 2014-15 NHL season with the Detroit Red Wings as a result of a bruised spinal cord injuryFlorida Panthers Team NHL Face Coverings

The Los Angeles Kings have had internal discussions about playing home games at Dignity Health Sports Park, home to the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer. Anschutz Entertainment Group owns both teams and the soccer stadium. Those discussions were shared with the NHL a few months ago.

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California has been one of the most restrictive states in its response to COVID-19. The NFL's San Francisco 49ers recently moved their football operations to Arizona due to increased restrictions from Santa Clara County, for example.Nashville Predators Team NHL Face Coverings
 
They have given us guidelines on how to wear masks, how to wash them, and the 5 features a cloth mask should have.

Gasol has also wondered whether he would enjoy playing in any sort of bubble environment that would take him away from his wife and their daughter, Elisabet Gianna Gasol, whose middle name Gasol and McDonnell chose as a tribute to Bryant and his late 13-year-old daughter, Gianna.