Slicing skates, clashing sticks, cheering fans, maybe even a fight. Hockey can be rough, black eyes, missing teeth are both common signs at the rink.
"We stitch up a lot of players, about one every other game," says Dr. Michael Stuart, Mayo Clinic.
It's easy to see how injuries happen. Even hockey practice is tough.
Dr Michael Stuart is the Rochester Minnesota Mustangs team doctor.
"The use of facial protection reduces the risk of injury to the face without increasing the risk of sustaining a concussion or neck injury," says Dr. Stuart.
Thanks to Dr. Stuart's research, USA Hockey rules have changed. If you're under 18, you have to wear a full face shield. If you're over 18, you can opt for full shields or visors.
"The answer is to use the equipment and educate players how to play the game safely," says Dr. Stuart.
Dr Stuart is also the team doctor for the USA Olympic Hockey team. For more information