In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to dezaruchi's comment:
Grown men can decide for themselves what's good for them. I never wore a shield because the loss of peripheral vision seemed much more dangerous. I also know there were very few concussions or eye injuries in the helmetless NHL that I grew up watching. Now high sticks and head shots occur on an almost nightly basis.
Can't compare then and now. It's a whole different world.
As for grown men being able to decide, I disagree. Seatbelts save lives, right? If my stupid car didn't ding ding ding ding ding ding while I was driving, I wouldn't put mine on.
Just one anecdote, but after playing since the 60's, without serious injury I was playng in an old man's senior league last December with a visor and I took a shot to my jaw while looking for a tip.
Shattered my jaw, ... surgery, Titamium plates, lost teeth. Nice scar thats worse than any I got playing goal all those years, along with some nerve damage. Its the worst injury Ive ever had, and there was a period of time that I thought there were going to be concussion problems.
Then I watched Crosby get his and films of Eaves' (1 year concussion) and Roenick's.
Very similar plays. It doesnt matter if you play in the NHL or Joes beer league, that deflected (or straight) shot to the mouth/jaw/eye whatever can be devastating.
I think players at any level that dont wear a visor are insane. I also understand why most wont wear a cage, Ive been around the culture long enough, but you can still get really hurt in a visor in any league and have it be completely random... no one's fault at all.
I wouldnt want to see cages mandatory, but in the event of someone using it as a weapon, well, there's rules against head butting and its usually a game misconduct. And not wearing a visor because the loss of peripheral vision is "more dangerous" is highly debatable, to put it nicely.