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BY GUM! Sticks, pucks and good teeth don’t mix

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They swing bats, throw balls and slide into second base with cleats high in baseball.

In football, men who weigh 250 pounds and can run 40 yards in under five seconds slam into each other with a force equal to a car accident.

Seven-foot monsters congregate in a tiny area under a metal hoop and slam each other with elbows and shoulders all night in basketball.

High-contact sports, all of them.

But it is only in North America’s fourth major sport — hockey — where players lose their teeth in combat so routinely that the ones who have all their originals appear to be in the minority.

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