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Eric, Jordan Staal don visors: ‘It’s just being smarter’

Mar 22, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT


Two weeks after their brother suffered a scary eye injury, Carolina’s Eric and Jordan Staal have decided to wear protective visors for the first time in their NHL careers.

The two donned them for the first time during Friday’s practice in Raleigh. Both acknowledged the decision was partly made in response to watching their brother — Rangers defenseman Marc Staal — take a puck to the eye during a game against Philly on Mar. 5.

Marc has been out of action ever since.

“It’s a decision that’s been brewing for a little while,” Eric told the Raleigh News and Observer. “At this point I just feel like the risk [of injury] isn’t worth it right now, because of the injuries I’ve seen to other people in this organization, family.

“Sometimes you feel like you’re invincible, but as many guys have seen, you’re not. Unfortunately injuries can happen. It’s just being smarter.”

While this will mark the first time they’ve worn visors at the NHL level, both Staal brothers have worn visors before.

Eric wore one as recently as 2010 — during Olympic participation with Team Canada, during which they were mandatory — and Jordan wore one in 2007 while representing Team Canada at the World Hockey Championships in Moscow.

It’s also worth noting the youngest Staal — Jared, currently playing for AHL Charlotte — also wears as visor, as mandated by American League rules.

  1. sharksfan754 - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I’m surprised it took them over two weeks to do it. I thought they’d both switch right away after Marc got injured

  2. mathieug79 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Great News!!! when Orpiks switched last week, he received a puck in the visor the very next game. Could have done the same as Marc Staal, but he actually kept playing instead.

  3. esracerx46 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    This story would have been a lot funnier if Jordan was wearing one last night when his errandt pass ended up in his own net

    • benzoids - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      How people do not find this comment funny is beyond me. Lighten up peeps…it is a joke!

    • iamcline - Mar 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      I enjoyed it, and believe me…I didn’t enjoy the goal lol.

  4. caniacx4 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Thank goodness, we can’t afford to lose anyone else. Smart BIG BOY decision.

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