Scares prompt action

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

Two close calls in as many outings has Rhett Warrener wearing a visor.

The Calgary Flames defenceman practised yesterday with a windshield and said he plans to keep it permanently.

"A kick to the head and a high stick and I said, 'Enough is enough,' " explained the veteran of more than 600 games. "In the playoffs, there was the eye thing, too, so how many chances are you gonna take?"

Last Saturday, Edmonton's Ales Hemsky fell during a scramble and his skate came up close to Warrener's face. There was no injury suffered that time but, in Monday's meeting with Dallas, a high stick caught Warrener on the side of his nose and necessitated stitches.

During the playoff run of 2004, Warrener missed two games after an accidental high stick from Steve Yzerman clipped his eye.

"Most of the time things happen, it's not a deliberate thing," he said.

"Look at (Toronto captain Mats) Sundin getting the puck in the eye. With a visor, that wouldn't have happened. It's just eliminating some of the risk.

"Who cares about trying to be cool by not wearing one and then losing an eye. It's happened, there's been lots of eye injuries already this year."


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