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More Visor Talk

From Bill Hoppe of The Olean Times Herald,

“I’ve had instances when you get hit in the visor and the visor cuts you,” Mancari said Tuesday prior to the Sabres 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. “I just have better vision with it off. We’ll see what happens over time.”

As Mancari spoke, Vancouver’s Manny Malholtra was in New York hoping a surgeon could save his left eye and vision. Mancari has watched the scary footage of an errant puck hitting the veteran’s unprotected eye March 16.

Mancari’s in the minority. According to research The Hockey News published in December, 59 percent of NHL players (381) wear visors. A similar survey earlier in 2010 found 65 percent of players 30-or-younger wear the protection. It’s only 45 percent for those older than 30.

more, including some interesting comments from Buffalo’s Jason Pominville and Toronto’s Tim Brent.

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This should be handled the same way it was 20 years ago with the helmets.  Anyone playing currently in the NHL has the option to not play with a visor; however, anyone entering the NHL for the first time must play with a visor of some form. 

If you would have asked the players 20 years ago about playing without a helmet some would have been pissed off… just as they will today about playing with a visor…. however, take the survey now and ask any current player if they would play without a helmet and i would be surprised if any would volunteer to do so.  This will also be the case with the visor in 20 years.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 03/30/11 at 02:09 PM ET

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