Skip to content

Report: NHLPA to explore mandatory visors for new players

Mar 20, 2013, 4:36 PM EST

Marc Staal Getty Images

Mandatory visor usage was one of the big developments to come from Wednesday’s NHL GMs meeting in Toronto.

According to NHLPA executive Mathieu Schneider, the players’ union will reportedly look at making visors mandatory for players entering the league, and will also explore grandfathering in visor usage for current players.

TVA’s Louis Jean reports the PA will poll its members on the grandfathering idea, and the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts notes that, if there’s enough support, the grandfather rule will go to the competition committee.

If it goes through, mandatory visor usage would be similar to the Helmet Rule modification of 1979.

In August of that year, NHL president John Ziegler announced that protective helmets would be mandatory, with the grandfather clause/exception pertaining to players that had already inked a pro contract and were willing to sign a waiver.

It’s not surprising mandatory visors have gained traction, given all that’s transpired lately.

Visor use has steadily increased over the past few seasons, with a recent NHLPA report claiming 73 percent of active players wear a shield — up from 34 percent in the 2003-04 season.

The conversation was sparked further when New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal — who doesn’t wear a visor — took a puck to his eye in a game versus Philadelphia on Mar. 5.

He’s been out of the lineup ever since and, on Monday, brother Jordan told NHL.com that Marc was planning on wearing a visor when he returns to game action.

More here, from TSN’s Darren Dreger and ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:

Related

Pens’ Orpik can’t think of ‘valid excuse’ against wearing a visor

Visor debate: Senators’ Phillips began using one after a puck to the eye

NHLPA: Visor use an ‘individual choice’

Daly: NHL wants mandatory visors

Latest Posts
  1. Video: Hanzal with an elbow to the head of Erik Johnson

    Nov 26, 2014, 12:05 AM EST

    Martin Hanzal Getty Images

    The Avs’ defenseman left the game and did not return.

  2. Video: Stars’ Garbutt hits Hall knee-on-knee

    Nov 25, 2014, 11:25 PM EST

    St. Louis Blues v Dallas Stars St. Louis Blues v Dallas Stars

    The Oilers’ forward has had his share of knee injuries.

  3. Video: Canucks honor Quinn with “O Danny Boy”

    Nov 25, 2014, 10:29 PM EST

    patquinn

    Spent time in Vancouver as a player and a coach.

  4. Video: Canucks’ Desjardins delivers the news to Horvat

    Nov 25, 2014, 8:00 PM EST

    Bo Horvat, Jason Demers, Pascal Pelletier AP

    The 19-year-old rookie will be sticking in the NHL this season.

  5. Video: Boll with a hit to the head on Postma

    Nov 25, 2014, 7:45 PM EST

    EDMONTON, CANADA - MARCH 14: Jared Boll #40 of the Columbus Blue Jackets watches warm-up before a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rexall Place on March 14, 2012 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

    Chris Thorburn dropped the gloves with the Jackets tough guy.

  6. Report: Kings receiving interest in Nolan

    Nov 25, 2014, 7:15 PM EST

    Jordan Nolan AP

    He’s been a healthy scratch in three straight games.

  7. Torres aims to resume skating soon — without his right ACL

    Nov 25, 2014, 5:48 PM EST

    Raffi Torres Getty Images

    Sharks forward has undergone months of rehab on his surgically-repaired knee.

  8. The Kings aren’t just ‘going to go out and blow’ their Voynov cap space

    Nov 25, 2014, 5:04 PM EST

    2014 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Getty Images

    “Let’s get real. Finding top-four defensemen, they’re not available,” says GM Dean Lombardi.

  9. Trade: Canucks, Isles flip prospects

    Nov 25, 2014, 4:27 PM EST

    New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    Alex Mallet for Andrey Pedan, specifically.

  10. McDavid thinks dropping the gloves ‘was the right thing to do’

    Nov 25, 2014, 3:31 PM EST

    Erie Otters v Niagara IceDogs Getty Images

    “I would rather fight than turtle or anything like that.”

  11. Canucks keeping rookie Horvat — ‘Everything he got he earned’

    Nov 25, 2014, 2:25 PM EST

    Frederik Andersen, Bo Horvat AP

    Cory Schneider to “see what kind of player he is” tonight.

  12. On the odds of fighting back after Thanksgiving

    Nov 25, 2014, 2:01 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Penguins  v Columbus Blue Jackets - Game Three Getty Images

    The Blue Jackets, Flyers, Avalanche, Stars, and Sharks all made the playoffs last season. But they’re not in position now.

Featured video

Eakins on his way out of Edmonton?

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Datsyuk (2382)
  2. V. Hedman (2248)
  3. P. Sharp (2245)
  4. S. Crosby (2056)
  5. B. Marchand (1890)
  1. D. Krejci (1848)
  2. Z. Chara (1802)
  3. B. Dubinsky (1656)
  4. S. Varlamov (1422)
  5. D. Hamhuis (1393)