Whether or not National Hockey League players should be forced to wear visors is a debate that has been going on for quite some time. The players have always attempted to protect their right to choose if they wanted to use one or not. Even with some scary eye injuries in recent years there are still some that want no part of the extra protection.
An article from Puck Daddy today revealed that the NHL is coming very close to grandfathering them in. Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada stated that he believes there are more players that are now in favour of grandfathering them in than ever before.
At the moment there are 73% of players who wear visors, which is an all-time high. Not only that, but more and more rookies are choosing to keep them on when they move into the NHL. The Puck Daddy piece also revealed a study done in 2011 that showed 100% of rookies decided to keep their visors on that season.
With the near career ending injuries to Marc Staal and Manny Malhotra recently, making them mandatory seems to make a lot of sense. Using a grandfathering strategy should be a good compromise since players are trending towards wearing them anyways. Anyone who doesn’t wear one now wouldn’t be affected, and new players would already be used to wearing them in junior.