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No stigma about visors anymore

Jun 5, 2013, 2:35 PM EST

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It’s been almost a decade since Don Cherry caused an uproar in Canada with his comments about visors.

“Most of the guys who wear them are Europeans and French guys,” Cherry said on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada in January of 2004.

The remarks even led to an investigation by the country’s federal Official Languages Commissioner, which is charged with “upholding the language rights of Canadians and promoting linguistic duality and bilingualism.”

But that was then.

This is Bruins forward Milan Lucic — who just so happens to be Cherry’s kind of player on Cherry’s kind of team — now: “The perception that guys wearing visors are soft is long gone.”

“There is no stigma,” added Boston coach Claude Julien, one day after the NHL’s competition committee recommended making visors mandatory for incoming NHL players.

And just for good measure, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma concurred.

“I don’t think there’s a stigma to wearing a visor anywhere close to where there used to be,” said Bylsma. “I don’t know how far you’d have to go back for that, but I don’t think it’s there at all.”

For the record, Cherry predicted back in 2004 that visors would become mandatory: “You cannot have half the league wear them and half not.”

  1. r8rbhawk - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Don Cherry is a national treasure, and I’m an American

  2. dentals1 - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Then please bury him and his suits.

  3. axisofweasels - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    there are french players in the nhl?

    and somehow theyre separate from europeans?

    • jakeda2012 - Jun 6, 2013 at 1:30 AM

      I have a feeling that your comment is sarcastic but just to clarify for anyone else, Cherry is probably referring to Quebec born players since French is the official language of the province.

  4. jpelle82 - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    The remarks even led to an investigation by the country’s federal Official Languages Commissioner, which is charged with “upholding the language rights of Canadians and promoting linguistic duality and bilingualism.”

    thats a real job and job description? there’s a language gestapo in canada?

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      If you think that’s peculiar then I assume you haven’t heard about the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist of 2012. (http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-01-02/the-great-canadian-maple-syrup-heist) Yes, you read that correctly, Canada has an official emergency stockpile reserved for Maple Syrup. And thousands of barrels of it were stolen last year.

      Canadians are a special breed. Gotta love ‘em!

    • flydommo - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Nothing in Canada gets even close to the Gestapo, believe me. That comparison really is off the mark and betrays your historical naiveté. Oh, a French word just slipped out of my mouth…

  5. pensman29 - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Ahhhh back when he wore regular outfits.

  6. classiefreddieblassie - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Don Cherry is the Canadian Donald Trump.

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