Monday, October 10, 2005

IF NHL PLAYERS CONTINUE TO PLAY WITHOUT A VISOR, WILL THEY BE LUCKY ENOUGH TO ESCAPE THE UNEXPECTED INJURY?


95-mile-per-hour shot to the head will definitely bring brain damage to the NHL players. But if the visors prevent the head injuries what’s bad in wearing them? Is not the eye protection mandatory for NHL players and how many players are foolish enough to take the risk of playing in the world's top league without a visor attached to their helmet?

When Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin felled by a puck to his left eye last week, he was sidelined for a month or more with a broken orbital bone. Sundin, used to wear visor when he broke into the league 15 years ago (I guess that a charm of the beginner to look professional and behave professional). On Wednesday night he was playing without a visor, and an unfortunate wayward shot by Ottawa forward Bryan Smolinski struck him in the eye. It is not only the case with this veteran, on the contrary from the past five years, the Leafs have witnessed a startling series of serious eye and facial injuries to key players.

Bryan Berard lost most of the vision in one eye after a March 2000 incident in which he was struck accidentally by the stick of Ottawa forward Marian Hossa. Tucker and Nolan, meanwhile, both required surgery to correct detached retinas in January 2004. Over the past five years, NHL stars from Steve Yzerman to Al MacInnis to Dany Heatley have experienced unbearable eye injuries

The two most cited that the players after entering the big league abandon the face masks are

Plain glass somehow impair on-ice vision

Display of manhood and a physical and aggressive style of play.

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