Re: Skating Clowns At A New Level
posted at 9/25/2013 9:56 AM EDT
In response to dezaruchi's comment:
In response to red75's comment:
Dez, shields weren't used in those days - look at the list I posted. Since shields came into more common use it does not appear that shields restrict high end players from still being high end players. The fact a player could win the Art Ross both with and without a shield (St. Louis) seems to put a bit of a lie to how much some people claim it inhibits vision and ability. It's not about pictures. It's about the reality of how it impacts ability. At least on the high end, it seems to be a non-factor.
Of course they were. Bourque and Gretzky came into the league in 1979. One chose to wear a visor. The other didn't. Was there ever a player with better vision than Gretzky? How about Lemieux? If visors didn't affect vision then players wouldn't spend half of the games wiping them off and pushing them up above their eyes. Watch any junior game and you see players with visors that look like they're on the tops of their heads. Wearing visors should remain a preference, not a rule. The fact that players have had success wearing them shouldn't change that. I've played under both circumstances so no amount of pics or opinions will trump my own.
Like so many things on here, a "valid point" gets argued simply by someones upside down belief that they're still entitled to a different opinion.
Nas's picture collage makes a great point, but is irrelevant to the real issue. It doesn't end the discussion, it merely derails it. The point is, visors, to some people are more uncomfortable than others, and that perception of discomfort, they believe will impact their game. When an athlete(or anyone else for that matter)considers anything a "distraction", they're virtually always right.
That should be a very understandable thing. Some players take months to get used to any new piece of equipment, while others don't, and while it's crazy, the culture considers face and eye protection at the bottom of the list. Not 1 NHL player would consider playing an entire season without any piece of his regular equipment.
I'm a big believer in personal choice, as long as it only has ramifications for the person making that choice.
On the flip side though...there's something really strange going on here. Like seatbelts, or assorted other potentially uncomfortable devices, it would seem to me, the only people that should be complaing, or balking....are those that at one time, didn't have to comply. We went through this with helmets...all the same excuses. I can understand that. But how long has it been since kids grew up playing with cages, and they have them from the cradle till they turn pro. Seems to me a mandatory visor is a huge improvement to all those perceived problems, they dealt successfully with for years.