Losing teeth doesn't prevent you from being able to go up and down the rink
Having a bad cramp prevents you from actually driving and playing basketball
It's really not that complicated
not trying to spark this back up and i see what you're saying but you can at least come back cramps, eventually too many pucks to the face are going to take their toll. as you can see lappy (what we call him round here) gets in the way of the puck on purpose even with the chance of it popping him in the face (why all hockey players dont wear visors is beyond me btw)
i say all this to iterate that he did that MANY times, but he did it for his last time a few years ago. similar play (in the first round of the playoffs) and popped him in the eye, that was the last game he played.
i know i just went on a tangent put seeing that play kind of hurts me, we love lappy here and he was a solid player for us and even though he played for a while, still feel his career was cut short