Alfie eyes mandatory visors

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:49 PM ET

The NHL Players' Association will hold a vote Tuesday to decide whether players want to make wearing visors mandatory.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson made it pretty clear where he stands on the issue yesterday.

"I think they should be grandfathered in," said Alfredsson. "I believe everybody should be wearing them and I think some people have to change their attitudes on them.

"I know a lot of guys don't want to wear them, but I believe it should be a standard piece of protection. I know some people don't think Canadian players should wear them. I don't think it affects the way you feel about a player one bit."

But Senators coach Bryan Murray said the decision should be up to the individual.

"I believe this should be the players' choice," he said. "If you look at the way the game is right now, you don't have players carrying their sticks high and I believe there is a respect factor there. I don't think we should be making them mandatory. I believe we have to let the players make the decision."

The issue was raised again after Leafs captain Mats Sundin suffered a broken orbital bone when hit by a puck against the Senators on Wednesday.

Senators forward Dany Heatley suffered a similar injury last year in Europe and said Sundin faces a long road back.

"It's going to be tough for the first week or so because he won't be able to see anything," said Heatley.

"The doctors can't look in there, either, because it's the eye and that makes it tough."

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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