Visors in NHL: 10 Reasons Mandatory Visors Don't Make Sense

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Visors in NHL: 10 Reasons Mandatory Visors Don't Make Sense
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After repeated incidents of high sticks hitting players' faces and multiple stitches sewn to repair them, the NHL is toying with the idea of bringing in mandatory visors for all players.

From the invention of the hockey mask, to the helmet and then the visor, the first two are now all mandatory in the NHL, however the visor still remains as a player's choice.

In the end, it's the player that will have to live with the consequences. Some of the best players today like Ryan Getzlaf, Zdeno Chara, Chris Pronger, Shea Weber and Johan Franzen play without visors, while others like Alex Ovechkin, Corey Perry and Drew Doughty wear visors.

The visors in the end protect a player's eyes and upper bridge from extensive damage. Bryan Berard lost eyesight in one eye as a result of taking an errant Marian Hossa stick in the eye on an unforgettable night in Ottawa while with the Toronto Maple Leafs. That night remains as one of games I'll never forget for all the wrong reasons.

However, I still don't believe in making visors mandatory. Here's 10 reasons why.

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