22 Shawn Thornton I think this is my favorite Shawn Thornton shot thus far (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This is worth a read, you have to wonder what is going to happen to the players that wear the visor and get into a fight. Just for the record, the American Hockey League has a mandatory visor rule and the players seem to work their way around it. Junior leagues in the USA and Canada also have mandatory visor rules as well.
Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.COM -- One change about which at least one Bruins player feels very strongly is the adoption of the protective visor.
Starting this season, any player with less than 25 NHL games played will be forced to wear a protective visor, following the path of the protective helmet introduction where eventually every player will be donning a visor.
For a dyed-in-the-wool NHL enforcer like Shawn Thornton, there is no love for the visors and the hardship it will create for guys in his role.
“I don’t even know all the new rules yet. Nobody has explained them to me,” admitted Thornton. “What if a guy’s helmet is taken off during a fight? Are they going to stop the fight? I know he’s not allowed to take off his own helmet. I’m not looking forward to punching [a visor] when I’m throwing at somebody’s face. If I’m in the middle of a fight with a guy with a visor on, I’m getting his helmet off. That’s the first thing I’d be doing.