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 I just hope the reason isnt an outdated stereotype that players that wear visors are soft.
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."
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