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NHL to make visors mandatory

NHLPA reps Mathieu Schneider (right) and Colin Campbell speak to media in front of the Air Canada...

NHLPA reps Mathieu Schneider (right) and Colin Campbell speak to media in front of the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. (Dave Abel / Toronto Sun)

Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:10 PM ET

Credit the National Hockey League for finally having 20/20 vision in the 21st century.

After many players gambled with their eyesight — and their careers — by refusing to don visors, the league and its union are set to take away the flimsy excuses that remain, at least for those coming into the show from 2013-14 onwards.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the competition committee in Toronto it was declared visors will be grandfathered for current, pending approval this summer by the NHL board of governors and the players association. But with 73% of players now wearing them, it’s expected the peace-of-mind protection will quickly be adopted by almost all veterans, as when helmets were adapted in the early 1980s. Many veterans joined the wave rather than fight it.

 

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