Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mirrored Hockey Visors In The NHL: Should They Be Allowed?

Ok, I've done a post on hockey cages and shields, but not on certain types of shields.  Visors have become very popular in the sport and in the NHL over the past 10 years or so.  Now, I don't have time to study every player in the NHL, but I don't think anyone currently wears a mirrored visor.  The last person I know of that wore one was Ovechkin and I think he just uses a tinted visor now.  I think there were rumors of goalies complaining about reflective properties of the visors.  What would stop a player from reflecting light back into the goalie's eyes when they are taking a shot?  Do you guys think that they should be allowed in the NHL?  I think if you search for Ovechkin and mirrored visor interviews, he hints at the notion that he may have been told not to wear it because of complaints from high profile goalies. 

What do I think on this whole issue?  I don't know.  Hockey players are very fond of their equipment.  Imagine if someone told you that you couldn't wear certain skates because the bearings were too fast.  That is one argument.  The other side of the coin is that players cannot have certain types of equipment altered to a certain point.  For example.  You are allowed to have a curved blade on your stick, but you can't have an extreme curve or it is considered unfair.  Should this same type of standard be applied to hockey helmets that have a mirrored visor?  That is what people will argue.  Too much reflection is too much of an advantage.  This is what you will hear from the goalies.  The players will talk about how it cuts glare and they should be allowed to wear it for their protection.  I think the common middle ground will be that most players are going to just end up wearing a tinted visor to keep everyone happy.  Every few years, there will be a controversy where hockey equipment is concerned.

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