Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 11/02/06 at 08:43 AM ET
Two National Hockey League referees have suffered serious facial injuries in the first month of play, firing up the same debate about mandatory visors as in the players' ranks. Don Koharski took a puck in the face in a game in Phoenix early last week and damaged his orbital bone, while Rob Martell has been sidelined since early in the schedule with a puck that struck just above the eye that still is causing him vision problems. There have been close calls elsewhere through the first 170 games. "We've had a few scares," NHL senior vice-president and director of officiating Stephen Walkom said yesterday. "Don was fortunate in that he required just seven to nine stitches. He's doing well and he has gone home to take it easy a few days. He should be good to go in games next week.continued
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