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Rangers’ Girardi to wear a visor this season

Aug 26, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi is going to look a little different on the ice next season.

According to the Rangers, Girardi took to the ice today in a pre-camp workout and was rocking a brand new visor on his helmet, something he’s never worn in his time as a pro.

The reason for him making the change probably have everything to do with what happened to teammate Marc Staal a year ago.

Staal suffered a serious injury after taking a puck in his eye back on March 5. Staal missed the rest of the regular season and returned to play in one postseason game, Game 3 against Washington in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The NHL has made visors mandatory for new players, but that doesn’t apply to Girardi. Seeing him make the switch makes a world of sense not just for logical reasons but also because he’s consistently been a league-leader in blocking shots.

  1. budzo83 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Good for him. I’m glad a few high profile guys have gone to visors and are starting to take some of the stigma away from wearing one. However, I still think it should be the player’s prerogative and not be mandated.

  2. billyhauntswizards - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    I’m glad you feel that way Dan.

  3. jaredo10 - Aug 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Thats good to hear, but I thought the league made visors mandatory for the season ? Guess not

    • 19to77 - Aug 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      For new players. They just grandfathered existing NHL players in and said it’s an individual choice for them, but from now on all players coming into the NHL will have to wear ’em.

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Only a total wuss wears a visor. Or a guy who, you know, likes having two functional eyes.

  5. bronxsanman - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    It’s just a no-brainer after watching what happened to your teammate. The rest of the players will soon follow. The game just evolves so quickly you should be wearing as much protective gear as you can. Unless you don’t want to enjoy your life after your career is over.

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