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Should face shields be mandatory in the NHL?
Mon, January 19, 2009

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

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.

What's your opinion on face shields? Do they reduce the amount or severity of injuries during a game of hockey in the NHL? Have your say in our forum.

Wilson pushing for face shields



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eye protection on the job in a dangerous work environment. HMMMMM once again, mandatory in every job in Canada except the NHL.

Of course it should be. Eye sight is continually listed by everyone in polls and opinion asteh last thing they would ever want to lose. Many actually choose death over loss of eyesight but in the NHL they still leave that fragile body part exposed to accidental sticks, fingers, pucks etc
wayne, 2009-01-19 14:47:37

Enough with trying to legislate common sense already. These players have come up through the system wearing face shields. They should know by now whether they want them or not. Let the players make their own decision, or the team can sign them into contracts stipulating how they’ll be attired. But please, stop making it compulsory. What next, your hockey gloves will be permanently attached to your stick and attached to your uniform. That way you can’t get into fights or get penalties for holding. How about a deep sea diver type of helmet, total coverage of the head and neck, and its anchored to your uniform. No more face injuries or slashed necks and, again, no more fighting. Let’s legislate the entire game to death and have the players come on the icy battlefield like knights of old, in full armour. Might slow the game down some, but they’ll all be safe. So again I say “NO”, leave these decisions between the players and their teams.
Jim S, 2009-01-19 13:47:19

Every player should wear one. But the face shield should be removable in the event a player is going to fight. Helmet on, shield off for fights!
Bob Bisson, 2009-01-19 13:14:26

Why bother, it wont change anything until you make them wear a Helmet properly in the first place.
Mike, 2009-01-19 13:03:44

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