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Wild’s Suter to wear visor, ‘just not worth it anymore’ to go without

Sep 16, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

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Another high-profile defenseman will be wearing a shield this season.

Minnesota’s Ryan Suter, the runner-up for last year’s Norris Trophy, has decided to wear a visor this season after spending his first eight NHL seasons without one.

Suter, 28, said an incident last season — he was hit in the helmet with a slapshot — essentially changed his mind about wearing one.

“An inch over, I could have lost my eye,” he told the Minnesota Star-Tribune. “Just not worth it anymore. Everyone else can wear it, why can’t I?”

This season marks the first that the NHL has made visor usage mandatory for incoming players. Those who played without previously have been grandfathered in, though a number of non-wearers — Dan Girardi and all the Staal brothers — have since switched over.

  1. biasedhomer - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I don’t understand how any hockey player decides NOT to wear a visor.
    People may call them soft and stuff, but at the end of the day, this goes past hockey. Getting hit that high in the face can lead to life changing consequences.

  2. the8man - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Brilliant move. He’s right. The risk is silly. Plus they do look cool. Helmets now look comparatively incomplete without an eye shield.

    Don’t forget the mouthpiece. Safety first. Go Bs!

  3. girouxed - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    How difficult could it be to wear a clear visor?

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