By his own admission, Ian Laperriere was too macho to wear a visor. Then he took a Paul Martin slap shot to the face during the 2010 playoffs and suffered a brain contusion and concussion. He valiantly returned to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup Final, wearing a visor and vowing he'd wear one for the rest of his career.
That Ian Laperriere hasn't played another game since June 9, 2010, should have been all the convincing necessary in the Flyers' room about the necessity of wearing a visor in the NHL. If not, then seeing star defenseman Chris Pronger go down on Monday night after a stick to the eye should have done the same.
Yet there are still players in the Flyers' room, and in every NHL dressing room, who choose not to wear them, and see them as a matter of personal preference rather than mandatory safety.
Where do you fall on the visor issue?
From Dave Issac of Philadelphia Sports Daily:
Pronger, Max Talbot, Andreas Lilja, Wayne Simmonds, Jody Shelley and Matt Walker...