February 4, 2013
Eye injury convinces Oilers' Ryan Jones to wear visor

Ryan Jones is shown here wearing a visor in 2010. While a fight a few years ago led him to shed the visor, his pre-season eye injury convinced him to start wearing the eye protection again. (Codie McLachlan/QMI Agency/Files)

EDMONTON - Nearly losing an eye has made Ryan Jones see the light.

The Edmonton Oilers winger will be sporting a visor the next time he steps in to the lineup for the club. It will be a piece of equipment he'll wear for the rest of his career.

"Honestly, I'll never go on the ice again without a visor," said Jones after skating with the team for the first time this season on Monday morning. "I know that there is a little bit of a stigma with guys that play the way that I do wearing visors. But anybody who was on the ice with me that day will vouch for me, I wouldn't go through that again for anything.

"Anybody who wears a visor and hits people and people give him a bad wrap, have to look at this situation. I'm not going to be a guy that says everyone in the league should have to wear one, it's their choice, but ultimately, when you have that injury, you don't wish that on anybody."