New York Rangers’ Marc Staal’s injury starts mandatory visor debate between NHL and player’s union

The New York Rangers’ 4-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday night but an injury sustained by New York defenseman Marc Staal when a slap shot hit him in the eye has caused the debate surrounding a mandatory visor rule to resurface.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made it known the league is in favor of requiring players to wear an visor on the helmets.

“The league continues to support a rule that would make visors mandatory in N.H.L. games,” Daly said in an e-mail to the New York Times.

ESPN is reporting that multiple sources confirmed the NHL Players Association is strongly in favor of keeping the option of playing with a visor to the “players choice” but a natural increase in visor use has been seen. Looking at statistics collected by the NHLPA 73 percent of players wear a visor compared to 69 percent during the 2011-2012 season.

No word has been provided on Staal’s condition but the situation looked ugly with the 26-year-old defenseman rolling on the ice in pain.

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