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by Paul on 10/26/11 at 03:07 PM ET
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
I see the annual visor brouhaha came early this season. But everything else is in place:
A player (Chris Pronger) was clipped on the eye by a stick or puck. Check.
Some NHL general managers call for visors to be mandatory. Check.
Earnest, hand-wringing tomes in newspapers and on websites calling for same. Check.
Silence from the NHL Players’ Association or a murmur that the decision to wear a visor must be up to the player. Check.
Players ruminate about wearing visor, then say probably not. Can’t be bothered to wipe it off, don’t see as well, etc. Check.
The only thing that change in this debate are the names of the injured players. Actually, debate is the wrong term here. That would indicate some back-and-forth on the issue but there is none here. Everyone but the players wants visors to be worn. The players say it has to be our choice and a lot of us say no.
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