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Chris Pronger’s injury this week should not be a catalyst for more safety measures in the NHL.

Players go through major juniors wearing visors, and, once at the professional level, they’re adults, and can make their own decisions.

Every time a player takes a stick or puck in the face, and isn’t wearing a visor, questions and rants abound.

With Pronger’s case, it’s been no different.

But why?

Chris Pronger reacts after taking a stick to the face earlier this week. His injury has resurrected the debate of visors.

They’re worth millions of dollars, sure, but leave that decision between the ownership and the players’ agent.

Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News dismisses the old-age claim that visors can get in the way and are uncomfortable. And, that, players wear them all along juniors and have no room to say visors are uncomfortable.

But, how often do teens wear them in pick-up and in no contact leagues? Not often. They’re forced to wear them in major juniors, and, given each opportunity, you’re likely to see them without a visor.

Visors can fog up, create a vision obstruction if any amount of residue builds up, and so on.

I think it goes beyond macho-ism. Visors are just weighty and and uncomfortable. Players go out of their way now more than ever to get proper conditioning and medical attention.

Battle scars are no longer in as they were 20 years ago. But until technology can produce the ultimate visor for protection and comfort, players will continue to resist the shield.

Article written by Matt Wilson. Follow him on Twitter @Mattjw24.

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