Yesterday my post called for the complete removal of cages and fishbowls on any players over the age of 18. This would be primarily for players still at competitive levels and not for men’s leagues, recreational tournaments, etc.
I don’t believe players should be wearing visors and every player should be completely naked when it comes to facial ‘protection.’ Here are my reasons why:
- Compensation effect – Naturally a player with a visor or cage will be less fearful of potential implications of them running around like a torpedo. Secondly, as stated in yesterday’s post, they are not as responsible for their sticks, and are more likely to swing them around like a baton instead of being cognizant of keeping them on the ice.
- The size of the head as a target – What a cage and visor does to the player’s head is creates a larger surface area. An errant shoulder, stick, or elbow may have glanced a player’s face or completely missed it, now makes contact with their visor or cage. This leads to unnecessary contact with the head. This should be a major concern with all the hype over concussions.
- Protection – A puck gets deflected in your face without a cage or visor you will be in some pain and have some broken bones. There have been many instances of players still getting hit in these vulnerable regions with a visor on. Also, a high stick that may miss the players face completely, can now be ‘caught’ in the visor deflecting the blade into the players face causing more damage.
Visors can crack and shatter when faced with blunt force. You think the cage is the answer to this? Think again. A cage directs the force of the blow in the same region as Mike Tyson’s fist, your jaw and your chin.
- Don’t care if the cage is chrome, white, black, or if the visor is clear, yellow, or tinted. Bare naked provides the best visibility. Having a full range of visibility alerts you more quickly to inherent elbows, sticks and pucks coming at your grill.
- I know this one is bound to cause a stir. It gets us one step closer to the way hockey should be played. Helmet-less. Long hair flapping in the breeze, facial hair neatly trimmed or Neanderthal-like, missing teeth. That’s the look of hockey, unless you’re Gary Bettman. I think this would lead to the utmost respect in terms of stick and body control when checking and around the opposition. It is highly unlikely that a guy like Marty McSorely, even though he’s clearly on the Crazy Train, would have used his stick thinking he was playing T-Ball with Donald Brashear had they both been helmet-less.
Feel free to share your opinion on the matter.