UPDATE: Results of not wearing a visor during a recent NHL playoff game. Rangers Dan Girardi was hit right between the eyes, what if it had been ‘one of his eyes’ will they never learn?

Double whammy, Girardi’s  NOT wearing any ear protection either. Is it still a ‘badge of honor’ in 2012,’ what a man,’ Don Cherry must be proud, how tough he is. I just don’t get it, preventable injuries, and possibly worse, wake up NHL, get everyone to wear masks and ear protection before someone loses an eye again.

He’s so tough he even returned to the game after stitching, and was still not wearing a visor.

With the big clampdown from the NHL on head injuries, why are there so few players that wear proper ear protection and shields/visors on their helmets? These stars aren’t afraid to wear them, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Is the ‘Old Boys Style,’ thinking, ‘macho men,’ or a dangerous misguided and uninformed decision.

And then maybe it’s the compliments Don Cherry, commentator on Hockey Night in Canada (HNIC) gives players as encouragement for being “real men, look no visor, he’s not a suck.”

How about holding a young boys hand, with his damaged eye, dripping from your hand, because he wasn’t wearing a facemask. Or about telling an NHL player, “don’t worry Johnny, the stick did not go into your eardrum too far.”

Is that a stretch? Not at all, several NHL and other professional Hockey Leagues from around the world have experienced these horrendous injuries, and some have been career ending, but Don Cherry goes on to say things such as, “Look at him, he’s a real warrior, no mask,” just the kind of players we need in the NHL, players losing eyes, and yet they are preventable, by wearing a face shield with ear protection.

I don’t know if it is still a rule, but if you lose an eye, you cannot play in the NHL, is that worth taking the chance, and losing your career?

And the NHL says their main focus and concern is ‘player safety,’ what a bunch of hogwash.

Since all minor leagues require all player to wear full masks/visors on helmets, why not make it a rule, that all players coming up into the NHL, don’t have a choice, they must wear helmets with visors and hopefully smart enough to get a helmet with ear protection too.

Sadly back in the 60’s-70’s it was a ‘badge of honor’ to have a black eye or cut on your face, we have advanced from that, and learned that face, head injuries can end a career. It use to be goalies, did not wear masks of any kind, did/can we make it past that?

We’ve come a long way, to the days when goalies did not wear masks, when players did not wear helmets, let’s make the next step, where players eyes must be protected across the board, (Not optional) and let’s get ear protection on all helmets, for the safety of our idols and our children.

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