“If you have a good technique, the puck will hit you in the pads,” he said. “You have good technique, you shouldn’t be getting hurt. During the summer, I practiced with soft pucks just to make sure I’m doing it the right way.”True, the Komets’ defensemen and some forwards like Kyle Thomas do wear extra plastic on their skates to protect their feet, and Beaupre wears extra padding on his gloves, but not every body part can be protected. Beaupre lost a tooth from a blocked shot during a recent game in Rapid City.”Ankles are the worst because we are in our skates all day and they never go away, and then it’s the inside of the hands,” Beaupre said. “After games, I always have bruises. At the end of the season, it’s important to take good time off.”What hurts more, a blocked shot or a fight?”During a fight, there so much adrenaline that you don’t feel it. You feel every blocked shot.”But he’s still regularly taking shots to the face and the rest of his body.Though he’s never scored 10 points in any of his four professional seasons, blocking a series of shots is one way Beaupre can change the momentum of a game.”Sometimes you make a mistake and you have to recover from it and the best way to do that is to throw yourself in front of the puck,” Beaupre said. “We need guys like that on your team. Teammates love it, and goalies love us when we do that.”For more on the Komets, follow Blake Sebring on Twitter at @blakesebring and at his blog tailingthekomets.com.