Thats my argument Bs. Especially with whats happened to some of the enforcers (Boogard,Belak etc..) they had to do something. I'm not sure the NHL wants fighting eliminated from the game, their is still a strong contigent of fans who beleive it's a big part of the game, especially up north.
As for the visors, I understand why the NHL is doing it, I just think it should be up to the individual.
Not wearing a visor is stupid. The players are too stupid to recognize this so they had to mandate it.
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.
Dez, well said. Grown men should make their own decisions, but we live in a Nanny State. We just love to tell everyone else how to behave, just don't tell me! :-)
I tend to agree with you about the helmet-less era. I don't know if we can prove what you said, but I think that it is true. The reason I do is the 'escalation principle' as I like to call it. No matter what you do to protect yourself, someone will find a way to break it. Get bullet proof vests, and someone makes armour piercing bullets. Put a helmet on, and someone will wack you over the head with a stick. Guys start to think because they have a helmet on they are indestructible, hence more catastrophic injuries than 40 or 50 years ago. Can I prove it, no. But one thing we do know for sure, helmets have not stopped head injuries. It might have prevented a few, but the overall +- is not good. Ban the freaking things.