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DENVER (AP) - The custom-fitted helmet that Colorado Avalanche forward Peter Mueller will wear this season provides peace of mind as much as added protection.

He was so concerned about suffering yet another concussion, Mueller opted for an Easton model that cradles the base of his skull and safeguards the top of his temples.

Mueller, who missed all last season with a head injury, feels safe on the ice - almost.

For all the league has done to crack down on hits to the head, Mueller doesn't think that's going to cut back on concussions that much.

In his mind, stronger and faster players decked out in more protective gear only makes concussion-causing collisions inevitable, no matter how much better the helmets are.

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