Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mark Fraser Makes Another Good Argument for Mandatory Visors

With about 12 minutes left in the third period last night in Game 4, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser was hit right in the face with a puck shot by Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic.  Of course Fraser left the ice and did not return to the game.  Earlier today, he underwent surgery to repair a facial fracture.  Head coach, Randy Carlyle, expect

Fraser was unprotected as he was not wearing a visor on his helmet.  Chalk that up as another good argument for making visors mandatory.  This is the second instance that a player has been hurt due to not wearing a visor; the other being New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal who recently returned the Rangers lineup donning a visor after a few months of recovery after breaking his orbital bone from a puck to the face.

After the incidents, talk has heated up and the NHL has been considering making protective visors mandatory, but that would probably take a long discussion with the NHLPA before that happens.  The players still hold the belief that wearing a visor should be a player’s choice with 73% of them currently wearing them

With about 12 minutes left in the third period last night in Game 4, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser was hit right in the face with a puck shot by Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic.  Of course Fraser left the ice and did not return to the game.  Earlier today, he underwent surgery to repair a facial fracture.  Head coach, Randy Carlyle, expect to play John-Michael Liles in Fraser’s spot.  Liles has dressed since Game 1, but this will be the first time he will play.

Fraser was unprotected as he was not wearing a visor on his helmet.  Chalk that up as another good argument for making visors mandatory.  This is the second instance that a player has been hurt due to not wearing a visor; the other being New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal who recently returned the Rangers lineup donning a visor after a few months of recovery after breaking his orbital bone from a puck to the face.

After the incidents, talk has heated up and the NHL has been considering making protective visors mandatory, but that would probably take a long discussion with the NHLPA before that happens.  The players still hold the belief that wearing a visor should be a player’s choice with 73% of them currently wearing them

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