GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dale Weise doesn’t wear a visor, but wishes he could.
The Vancouver Canucks winger and occasional pugilist is the victim of a stigma that exists in the National Hockey League that says, basically, “thou shall not wear a visor if you fight.”
“It’s tough for guys in a situation like myself,” Weise said before Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. “If there wasn’t that stigma that if you fight you can’t wear a visor I’d wear one. I think it’s garbage. I think personally everyone should wear one.”
Weise hopes the NHL Players’ Association will support an initiative that came out of this week’s meeting of NHL general managers calling for the grandfathering of mandatory visors. What that means is players entering the league would have to wear a visor, while those already playing in the NHL would continue to have a choice.
Weise would like to see the league and its players go a step further.
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