New Hockey Survey Finds 95% of Players Have Suffered Foot Injuries from a Shot or Slash - Spats Skate Armour Offers Protection

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Each NHL season we see countless players limping to the bench with painful foot injuries after getting hit with a shot. Players are encouraged to shoot low so many shots hit skates on the way to the net. With hockey stick technology today, pucks can reach damaging speeds with little effort. offers affordable and feather-light skate armour so foot pain, injury time and rehab don’t have to be part of hockey.

As the hockey season gets underway Spats Skate Armour ( is releasing the results of its recent foot injury survey of players from across North America. The key findings confirm their belief that foot protection should be a higher priority for players of all levels:

  •     95% of hockey players have had an injury to their foot from a shot or a slash.
  •     78% of players who reported a foot injury experienced bruising and 15% suffered a fracture.
  •     23% who have had a foot injury have missed one or more weeks due to their injury.

“You wouldn’t go on the ice without protecting your shin bone, so why do we play with the bones in our feet exposed?” says Lawrence Parrott, the inventor of Spats Skate Armour.

Many NHL stars including Chris Pronger, Jordan Staal, Jeff Carter and Sidney Crosby have missed key games because of shots hitting their skates. These are costly injuries to teams and painful recoveries for players. For minor hockey league and rec. players the problems are equally aggravating. Even a wrist shot off a skate boot can cause damage. A hard shot can cause swelling or a fracture which means missed time, medical appointments (and costs) and rehab.

Lawrence Parrott went through this frustrating experience after blocking a shot during a Men’s League game. The shot, although deemed harmless at the time, ended up breaking his foot leaving him on crutches for three weeks. This gave Parrott time to think about how vulnerable this area is on all hockey players.

After his injury Parrott fashioned a simple looking guard to cover his Skate. Over the years he saw pros trying custom contraptions to protect their feet and he decided all players deserve access to affordable foot protection. So he went to work and created Spats.

“They had to be easy to use, affordable and feather light for players when skating with them. All of those objectives have been achieved and customer testimonials and word of mouth are now our most powerful marketing tools,” says Parrott.

Webster’s defines spats as “short gaiters that cover the ankle.” Parrott defines spats as “revolutionary feather light hockey equipment that should be on every pair of skates”.

Attaching Spats to your skate is as easy as lacing them up. Once attached, the guard is secured in seconds and flipped to an open position just as quickly. Spats come in multiple colours (to match team uniforms) including black so they blend right in with your skates. On the cost front, at $50 per pair, Spats are priced to accommodate any budget.

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