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04-07-2011, 02:44 PM
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It doesn't sound like Yzerman is forcing any of the players to wear one, just asking them to reconsider it if they don't wear one. He suffered a nasty eye injury near the end of his career and then wore a visor. I don't care either way if the players want to wear them or not, it's their choice...they do know the risks. I just hope the reason isnt an outdated stereotype that players that wear visors are soft.

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I think they should be grandfathered in..can you imagine how different this thread would look if the injury was serious to Vinny's eye?

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I think they should be grandfathered in..can you imagine how different this thread would look if the injury was serious to Vinny's eye?
Yep. I have a feeling this is the exact same type of discussion that was going on when helmets were going to be made mandatory.

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To clear something up, a visor only gives you an extra two minute penalty if the player also receives an instigator and the other player doesn't have one.

Visor player instigates with another visor player = no additional penalty
Visor player instigates a player with no visor = extra 2 minutes

This is how the rule should (not an opinion, going by rulebook) although it's not always adhered to it seems.

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It is interesting that Lightning W Ryan Malone, above, so opposes wearing a visor, a subject that came up last week when teammate Vinny Lecavalier was hit in the eye with a stick blade.

Malone said his grandfather on his father's side, "Wild" Bill Malone, lost an eye playing hockey as a minor-leaguer in New Brunswick. Malone's father, Greg, Tampa Bay's head pro scout, never wore a visor, either, when he played in the NHL from 1976 to 1987, mostly with the Penguins.

Wild Bill had a glass eye from the puck accident. "We always used to play cards," Malone said, "and we always knew which one was his glass eye."

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a similar debate follows virtually every change towards safety in pro sports, and even in industry or society. it's seen as inconvenient, untraditional, and it's frequently pointed out that people have managed to get by without the measure since the dawn of whatever activity. the wussification of some pasttime is moaned over, but eventually everyone adjusts and forgets what the fuss was about. nobody thinks playing with a goalie mask is a bastardization of hockey anymore

moreover these guys are multi-million dollar investments and pro athlete contracts regularly prohibit high risk activity like skydiving, riding motorcycles, or even playing basketball. the idea is that although there is less than 1% chance of those things harming your ability to play hockey, the risk of these activities is sill too great and the means to eliminate it is simple. why not follow suit with basic workplace hazards?

fair play to the vets if they want to keep doing what they've done for years, but i think grandfathering it in makes sense and won't be very disruptive

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Yzerman, you live in Florida. Drive to a dive (scuba)shop, buy some magic anti-fog spray/solution for the visors, and end the argument.

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Yzerman, you live in Florida. Drive to a dive (scuba)shop, buy some magic anti-fog spray/solution for the visors, and end the argument.
They have anti-fog spray that is legitimately magical?

Better idea, have the players stop breathing. Marty could do it.

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