interesting article. nominating sean avery as the nhl moron of the year deserves bonus points.
when i play hockey, i'm required to wear a full steel cage or a half-cage, half-visor mask. i love it when i don't have to play without it, or the neck guard. they're both pain in the asses really, but it protects me, so i don't really mind.
i don't think a visor impairs vision, but it's just the fact that it's "there" annoys the hell out of people. feels restricting, even though it's not.
I think the rationale against visors -- "Players will get their sticks up more" -- is both factually incorrect and stupid logic. (If everyone is better protected, it won't matter that much, will it?! But that won't happen anyway... players aren't going to change their game because of what other players are wearing).
I think they should absolutely be mandatory. I don't enjoy watching eye injuries.
I'm surprised no players wear raquetball type goggles. I remember Kenny Linesman wore them in the oldtimers outdoor game in Edmonton and I thought that they would probably be the perfect compromise for players. Might be able to even get an endoresment contract from oakley or rayban. I'm surprised the insurance underwriters don't demand the players whose contracts they insure against injury to wear the visors, especially since they are proven safety equipment.
It makes sense for them to wear them all the time ... but they are adults and therefore the question arise ... should they be able to make decisions for themselves ???
... I like the comment they said on HNIC though ... "fans pay good money to see the stars play ... when they get hurt and miss games because they aren't wearing the visors ... the fans still have to shell out the bucks ... is that fair to the fans ??"