There is a lot of sympathy and concern for Sidney Crosby's recent injury. However, no one has pointed out the obvious issue of prevention. If he had been wearing a helmet with a cage, his injury probably would have been prevented.
As a fan of college hockey, I am accustomed to seeing players well protected from head and face injuries because they all have to wear cages on their helmets. When was the last time a college player lost a tooth?
If the Penguins (or the National Hockey League) enacted a rule that all players must wear a helmet with cage, player safety would be improved, although some would strongly object. Owners and the NHL should put player safety above machismo.
KEITH APELGREN, M.D.
Upper St. Clair