Flames' Brian McGrattan praises Kevlar socks after incident

Brian McGrattan took a photo of his lower leg that revealed a surface wound from a skate blade....

Brian McGrattan took a photo of his lower leg that revealed a surface wound from a skate blade. (Courtesy Twitter.com/bigern10)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:46 PM ET

CALGARY - Calgary Flames enforcer Brian McGrattan just added Kevlar socks to his gear.

It’s a good thing, too.

McGrattan was stepped on after finishing a check late in the second period of Monday’s 4-1 pre-season victory over the New York Rangers at the Saddledome, with the protective sock preventing what could have been a serious injury to his Achilles tendon.

“The trainers recommended us wearing them, and I was like, ‘Why not?’ since there has been some freak accidents in the last couple of years. And sure enough, a couple weeks later, I get stepped on,” McGrattan said. “There’s not a whole lot of gap in that spot between your skate and your shin-pad, but there’s enough there. If you get stepped on, that’s a pretty serious part of a hockey player’s body — that’s all the movement in your leg and your foot — so it saved me.

“Had I not had that, it would have been a very serious injury.”


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