Hockey player thanks helmet makers for protection against stick-smashing hit

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Female teen hockey player Hannah Bates of the US West Coast team thanked her helmet’s manufacturers for protecting her against a sitck smashing hit by a Russian opponent.

Bates did not suffer any serious injury and took to Twitter to say thanks to the makers of her helmet.

“Shoutout to Warrior for making Russian-proof helmets that saved me from a concussion,” she wrote.

A video showed Russian Svetlana Starovoytova of Spartak Moscow smashing her hockey stick at the helmet of Bates at the U16 World Selects Invitational in Hungary.

Bates dropped to her knees after the impact but soon stood up as a brawl erupted with Starovoytova eventually being booted from the ice.

The Americans went on to beat Sweden, 2-1 in the final to win the tournament for the third year in a row.

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