Forget waiting for the end of the all-star break. If defenceman Mike Van Ryn gets the green light from the doctors today, Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson wants him in a game this week -- either against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight or the Boston Bruins on Wednesday.
With one condition.
Wilson is adamant that Van Ryn -- who has missed 27 games as a result of two concussions this season -- returns with a better helmet, a proper mouth guard and chin strap, and a face shield.
In fact, Wilson said yesterday that he would like to see every player on his team wear a face shield, although that's not going to happen any time soon.
Wilson went on a mini-crusade about the benefits of face shields, and how it is ridiculous that many NHLers still resist the idea of wearing one. Wilson believes that once a player starts wearing a face shield, he eventually gets used to it.
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