Just to be clear here, since it’s actually a worthwhile topic:
I am not endorsing the decison by amateur hockey players to go without face shields or visors. Far from it, in fact, since this is a source of much contention within my own family (particularly with the woman who has to look at my mug every morning).
Believe me, the fact that I don’t wear one mostly has to do with laziness, because I’m hardly a tough guy. I even have an Oakley shield in my bag, started to put it on earlier this season and realized I was missing a screw (in more way than one), and just haven’t gotten around to following up.
But I should, not only because I’ve already made my share of visits to the ER, but because twice in the past three years I’ve endured the horrific feeling of inadvertently catching another shield-less player in the face with a stick. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than apologizing to someone while they’re busy holding a towel to their bloody face.
Anyway, just a public service announcement because I’d hate for my earlier comment to be misinterpreted.
More from the Garden later…