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.”