The game of ice hockey can be a rough sport. Players upwards of 200+ pounds with full gear on often collide with each other with amazing force. The speed of which a hockey player can slap the puck with their stick often reaches speeds of more than 100 mph. As a hockey goalie, that is a challenging aspect of the game when trying to stop a small 3-inch hockey puck. The goaltender must be well protected at all times to avoid an injury, especially to the throat area. The goalie’s mask is durable and offers protection for the head, but the throat guard completes the defense shield for the neck area.
Have the goalie wear their hockey mask. Open the packaging for the throat guard and remove it. Position the throat guard around the bottom of the mask and use the marker to color the area where to connect it. The goalie will inform you if the throat guard is providing enough protection and is positioned how he wants it.
Use the knife to cut the laces into three equally sized pieces. Make two of the three pieces roughly the same length with the third one slightly longer. To get a proper measurement of the length you need, place the throat guard in the spot the goalie wants it placed. Use a seamstress’ tape measure calculate the distance from the cage hole on the side of the mask to the side hole on the throat guard. This will be the length for the first two pieces.
Lace one end of the lace through the throat guard about halfway in, feeding the other half through the goalie mask on the bottom portion of the cage bar. Tie this end off and repeat the process for the second lace on the other side.
Lace the third piece of lace through middle of the throat guard upward into the goalie mask near center. Tie a knot into the lace to hold in place. Pull the lace tight so that the throat guard is in place and tie the other end off in a knot.
Grab the mask and move it back and forth fast to test the throat guard connection. Have the goalie wear the mask and shake their head to get a feel for comfort and protection. Look at the goalie with the mask on to see if the throat guard is fully covering the neck area.
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