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by George Malik on 04/01/07 at 09:03 AM ET
from the Boston Herald:
NCAA rules forced Mark Stuart to wear a face shield throughout his career at Colorado College, but when he turned pro he immediately ditched the protective headgear.
The young defenseman, Boston’s first-round pick in 2003, had to put on a visor again this year in Providence when the AHL made them mandatory. And he kept it on when he was recalled to Boston on March 23. But last week, the urge to get rid of the shield proved too much to resist.
“When I first came up, I figured I’d be heading back down there (to Providence) sooner or later, so I’d have to put it back on anyway,” Stuart said. “So I thought I’d just keep it on. But it was just too tempting to take it off. Given the choice, I’d just rather have it off.”
Ironically, Stuart’s father, Mike, is a medical advisor to USA Hockey and has long been an advocate for eye and facial protection. Mark Stuart might have some explaining to do back at the family dining table, but the authority figure he has to answer to these days isn’t concerned with Stuart’s choice of headgear.
Fear of looking less manly than peers 1, common sense 0.
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