Some players on the Ducks....
They dont wear girdles they wear pants
You can in-fact wear a full cage in the NHL. The reason why players do not wear a cage is because it obstructs vision.
Some NHL goaltenders do wear some form of neck protection, but it is not required equipment for 'skaters'.
Players playing in the All Star games wear them
Sean Avery nyr
Alot of goalies use #1.
Fabian Brunnstrom of the Dallas Stars
NHL Players are required to wear Helmets for two reasons. One is if the fall, of corse. And two is because of the Hitting. One thing though is that the NHL Goaltenders do NOT need to wear a helmet. As the "NHL Rules" only said that "Goaltenders are highly suggested to wear a sort of protective helmet" which means they don't have to if they don't want to. But if they come into the game with one they must wear it during the game but if they show up without one no one can stop him from playing because of it.
The helmet rule in the NHL was instituted for all new players entering the league in 1979. Existing players had the option to wear a helmet or not. The last NHL player to play helmetless was Craig MacTavish in 1997.
Brenden Morrow, Guy Lafleur, and Patrick Sharp. All good players :)
The last person was Craig Mactavish.
Alexander Ovechkin and formerly Cam Neely
so their eyes do not get gouged out by sticks or pucks.
Yes it used to be optional but now it is mandatory.
Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals).
These are called "Skate Fenders".
Milan Hejduk for the Colorado avalanche
They wear helmets, chest gaurds, skates.
They mostly wear a type of Bauer glove.