Grin and bear it: NHL players say losing teeth part of game (The Associated Press)

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When Brent Burns packs his bags for road trips, the San Jose Sharks defenseman often leaves something behind: His cosmetic teeth. ”I need that one for corn on the cob,” Burns said with a gap-filled smile. Missing teeth have been associated with hard-nosed hockey – for better and for worse – for decades, becoming a stereotype of the game even with some players, like Burns, embracing it as a rite of passage or badge of honor.
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