Created: 02/04/2014 5:48 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
Some members of the U.S. hockey team heading to the Sochi Games this weekend will be carrying some high-tech gear with them that will be kept under wraps.
Socks. Very high-tech, performance socks.
During the last couple years there's been a growing trend among NHL players trying to protect their lower legs from skate blades. Several manufacturers produce these high-tech socks using a variety of material - including Kevlar and copper - to save calf muscles, Achilles tendons and a player's feet.
Paul Boyer, equipment manager in Detroit, has many of his Red Wings wearing the socks, and American goalie Jimmy Howard is among the Red Wings who will be in Sochi. Boyer says the cut-resistant sock can be the difference between a bruise and a gash.