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Mandatory Visors?

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

It has long been thought that when visors were eventually mandated in the NHL the rule would only apply to new players entering the league.

But might everyone be forced to wear one starting next season?

The NHL Players’ Association is currently polling its membership on that very question and will take the results to next week’s competition committee meeting, according to a source.

A survey being circulated by the union has asked players to indicate whether they favour the status quo (freedom of choice), the introduction of a rule grandfathering visors for rookies or mandatory use by all.

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Primis's avatar

Mandatory cages, or else you’re just wasting everyone’s time.

Posted by Primis on 05/28/13 at 12:05 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

Primis, as has been seen in the NCAA, full cages often cause players to be more reckless. Having the mouth exposed keeps them more accountable while still protecting the irreplaceable assets that are their eyes.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 05/28/13 at 01:19 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Primis, as has been seen in the NCAA, full cages often cause players to be more reckless. Having the mouth exposed keeps them more accountable while still protecting the irreplaceable assets that are their eyes.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 05/28/13 at 01:19 PM ET

The Peltzmann Effect.  I thank JJ for finding that.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 05/28/13 at 01:21 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

I agree with what Redmond said about it…you have to allow adults to make their own choices, but you also have to question anyone who chooses not to wear one.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/28/13 at 01:23 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Primis, as has been seen in the NCAA, full cages often cause players to be more reckless. Having the mouth exposed keeps them more accountable while still protecting the irreplaceable assets that are their eyes.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 05/28/13 at 01:19 PM ET

Except as we’ve seen this year visors not only cut, they also don’t actually protect the eyes well enough.  A puck or stick blade can still get up and in there (and they have).

Full cages, enough with the excuses.  With a full cage it they’re actually safe, not just somewhat safe, or MAYBE safe, or POSSIBLY safe…

It also takes care of the fighting debate as well.

Posted by Primis on 05/28/13 at 03:33 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

With a full cage it they’re actually safe, not just somewhat safe, or MAYBE safe, or POSSIBLY safe…

incorrect.  it is impossible for the players to be safe.  they’re 200+ pound guys skating very fast and very hard into each other.  their faces are better protected, but they are more likely to be reckless thereby increasing the frequency and severity of other injuries - especially concussions.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/28/13 at 03:44 PM ET

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What’s worse is players like Kronwall et all who bolt their visors basically on top of their helmuts seemingly making them all but worthless.

Posted by AZWinger on 05/28/13 at 04:08 PM ET

Primis's avatar

their faces are better protected, but they are more likely to be reckless thereby increasing the frequency and severity of other injuries - especially concussions.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 05/28/13 at 03:44 PM ET

I have yet to see any data backing this idea up.  I don’t see anything stating more concussions occur in collegiate hockey with full cages, than in the NHL without.  Concussions absolutely occur in collegiate with full cages, there’s no denying that. 

Now admittedly, wearing full cages does lead to what I call Dallas Drake Syndrome.  When Drake came into pro out of college he led into every hit with his face, and those first couple years his face got pretty messed up from the nicks and cuts and smashes and bruises.  You’re not used to worrying about it, so you don’t I guess.  Until you finally do.

I didn’t used to have a strong opinion on this in any particular direction, but the last couple of seasons I’ve seen that the visors are basically useless.  Maybe 10 years ago they would have been more effective, but with shot-blocking the way it is now (and I don’t see *that* going away any time soon) and stickwork once again on the rise, visors just don’t do much.  And even worse than just the stickwork, the newer sticks are crap and break more and more, so you’re running a higher risk of a piece catching someone in the face.

Posted by Primis on 05/28/13 at 07:18 PM ET

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