Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/18/06 at 01:17 PM ET
In the macho world of the NHL, it is considered by many a sign of a lack of toughness to wear a visor. This also is the league where goalies once didn't wear masks and skaters resisted using helmets. "Personally, I would like every player to wear a visor," Thrashers coach Bob Hartley said the day before Slater's scare. "People talk about the macho side of the game. Well, that's one thing. To end up with one eye, though, isn't what anyone wants. Careers are too short to gamble on." Visor use has been on a steady increase for more than a decade, but still about only 38 percent of NHLers — according to a study by The Hockey News — wear the clear Plexiglass half shield, which attaches to the helmet and covers down through most of the nose.read on
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