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27% of NHL players don't wear visors, and the NHLPA insists that players have the final say when it comes to donning "shields." According to the Globe and Mail's David Shoalts, players may not have a choice sooner than later, and the push for mandatory visor use isn't just coming from coaches, GM's and the NHL any more:
Lalita Mohabir is a senior personal accident underwriter at Burns & Wilcox Canada. Her company has medical insurance policies with more than 24 minor-league and NHL players that cover them in the case of serious and career-ending injuries. Mohabir says Burns & Wilcox will not insure any amateur players who buy a policy unless they wear a mouthguard and a visor and any NHL player looking to supplement the coverage supplied by the league with a personal policy will soon be told he must do the same or be denied coverage.
“We are getting tougher in terms of any hockey leagues we’re quoting on or any individual we offer coverage on,” Mohabir said. “We are indicating we require mandatory use of a visor. We started doing this [before] Marc Staal got injured. Going through to the NHL, we have not requested this as yet but we will be doing that. When we look at a player fracturing a hand or bruising a knee it’s quite different than the loss of an eye. The loss of an eye is a career-ending injury."
From Scott Burnside at ESPN:
Anyone who’s spent any time around National Hockey League rinks understands that hockey players are for the most part considerate, thoughtful people. There are many who are forward-thinking, articulate players and who can expound on any number of topics. Which makes it all the more mystifying when we see something as ghastly as Philadelphia Flyers captain Chris Pronger take a stick to the eye and learn that he will miss two to three weeks with an injury that could have been significantly worse and those same players remain moot on such an important issue.
Worse, how can a group of professional athletes have remained moot on this same health and safety issue for so long? The fact players have resisted efforts to impose a mandatory introduction of visors.
continued… plus more odds&ends from around the league
An old cowboy once told me that a horse only has so many stops in him. He was referring to sliding stops, something required of high-level western show horses (aka reining horses). Due to the physical strain on the joints and tendons, and the high level of reactive sharpness required, a horse can only do this so many times in its life. How many? You never know, so don’t waste those stops.
Similarly, we only have so many starts in us, though we don’t know how many. Cameron MacIntyre is making a new start right now.
M.I.T Ph.D. economics student, Pascual Restrepo, has reached out to us asking for a little help. He has been testing the effect of different types of facial protection on performance and playing style, having constructed a huge dataset of players’ statistics and visor usage, but he still has a few questions.
The only thing missing [from] my research are important dates when different leagues made visors, helmets or cages mandatory and if there were any grandfather clauses or age requirements (for example, the NHL made helmets mandatory in 1979 with a grandfather clause that allowed veteran players to keep playing without one).
In particular I am trying to find the regulatory history (with respect to visors, mostly, but also cages or helmets) of the following leagues: Swiss, Sweden, German, British, Russian or KHL, Denmark, Finland, Czech or any other European league, LNAH, WCHL, WPHL, USHL, and NAHL, and Canadian or US minor and junior leagues.
Can anyone provide answers to Pascual’s questions, or links to some definitive areas to accurately source this information?
Your help would be hugely appreciated, and Pascuel pledges to publish his data and preliminary results here on Kukla’s Korner when his research is complete.
From Damien Cox in The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Sure was nasty watching the fine young Philadelphia defenceman, Braydon Coburn, take a puck in the face Sunday night in Game 2 between the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
He was cut badly near the eye, and may or may not be able to play in Game 3.
Surely, it could have been worse. Yet wasn’t it also preventable?
Given where the injury was, it would appear a half-shield would have blocked the puck from hitting Coburn in the face. But he doesn’t wear one, and so he was lost for the game, and maybe more.
*And more on this topic today from Greg Wyshynski at the Yahoo! Sports blog, Puck Daddy
from the Vancouver Sun,
He has a metal plate in his nose and another helping to hold together his cheekbone.
Soon, Sami Salo will be sporting a new facial feature—a visor….
“I want to protect my eyes,” Salo said before the Canucks met the Oilers at General Motors Place. “You can always fix noses and cheekbones, but you can’t fix your eyes. I don’t want to be in a vulnerable position if I don’t wear a visor and the puck hits my eye. I’m not worried about my face and nose.”
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
For the eighth straight year, visor use by NHL players has risen from the previous season – and now stands at a full 50 per cent of the league – according to a new survey compiled by The Hockey News….
When The Hockey News first began tracking visor usage during the NHL’s 1998-99 campaign, only 15 per cent of players shielded their eyes. By 2001-02, that number had increased to 28 per cent (191 players), and by 2005-06, 38 per cent (244 players) were wearing visors.