Hey there people,
I am wondering how many hockey fans think the the NHL and NHLPA need to mandate players wearing visors starting next season. What are your thoughts?
The recent news that Vancouver Canucks center Manny Malhotra will miss the rest of the season and playoff due to being struck in the eye by the puck and the injury to the Flyers own Ian Laperriere definitely are incidents that could have been prevented with the use of a visor.
I believe the only Flyers to not wear visors are Pronger, SOD, Shelly and Carcillo. Every player now grows up playing with a shield. It should not be that hard to justify requiring visor equipment at the NHL level. The notion that it would impede some players vision of the puck is nonsense due to the overwhelming majority of NHL stars that currently use visors.
Plus, the 'goon' players that don't wear visors really need to be forced out of the league too. This would be another step in that direction. Players with visors still can fight.
I just think it makes too much sense to have this rule.