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Time To Remove The Most Outdated & Ridiculous Rule In Sports




It's time to remove the most outdated and ridiculous rule in sports: the extra two minute minor for instigating a fight while wearing a visor. The genesis of the rule certainly has merit. When a player with a visor instigates a fight against a visorless player, there's a clear advantage in the fight to the player with the visor. Broken hands could result, for instance. However, the rule was instituted years ago when visors were less prevalent.

Currently, the vast majority of players in the NHL wear visors - just a hair under 75% according to the NHLPA. Most of the lower leagues mandate at least a visor as well. So, all players coming into the NHL are familiar with at least some sort of facial protection. Meanwhile, players like Marc Staal and Chris Pronger see their careers interrupted, in the case of Staal, or lives dramatically changed forever, in the case of Pronger.

There are two primary reasons players don't wear visors. The first is that some players feel that visors restrict their vision. The second is the "macho factor" - playing without a shield is just cool. Visor design technology continues to progress in reducing the on-ice sight distortions. But when it comes to helping your team, a visor can do nothing but hurt. Wear one, instigate a fight against the wrong someone and you get an extra two minutes. Due to the instigation penalty already being assessed, this pretty much guarantees a four minute powerplay for your opponent. So, wearing one isn't cool and can seriously hurt your team. Why not take that factor out of the game? Why not take away a systematic incentive for players to not wear shields? It's just wrong.

As to the coolness factor: How much cooler would it be now if Lappy and Prongs were still skating with the team?

This item was written by a member of this community and is not necessarily endorsed by <em>Broad Street Hockey</em>.

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