Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/02/05 at 01:07 PM ET
The odds are good that at least one National Hockey League player will suffer a serious eye injury during the upcoming season. It's hard to believe, but many NHLers still refuse to wear a visor, even in today's game with bigger players using one-piece composite sticks to shoot the puck harder than ever before, making it almost impossible to get out of the way of a high, rising shot. Visors were back in the news last week after Phoenix Coyotes defenceman Denis Gauthier flattened Los Angeles Kings' Jeremy Roenick with a clean bodycheck during a pre-season game Sept. 25. It resulted in Roenick suffering the 11th documented concussion of his career. Two days later, Roenick's teammate, Sean Avery, sounded a lot like hockey commentator Don Cherry with his comments made to TSN: "I think it was typical of most French guys in our league with a visor on, running around and playing tough and not backing anything up. I'd think if a guy like Brett Hull was coming up the middle, somebody probably wouldn't have stepped up and hit him. But like I said, (it was) a typical move from a guy wearing a visor that certainly doesn't like to get scratched at all."
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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