Staal brothers to wear visors after Marc's injury
Apparently seeing their brother Marc suffer a harrowing eye injury was enough to convince Eric and Jordan Staal to start wearing visors.
The two brothers, who play together as teammates on the Carolina Hurricanes, told reporters Friday that they have decided to make the switch. None of the Staal brothers previously wore visors before Marc, a defenseman for the New York Rangers, was struck in the eye with a puck during a game earlier this month.
Marc suffered non-displaced facial fractures and, although he is expected to make a full recovery, remains out indefinitely.
The NHL does not mandate that players wear visors -- the NHL Players' Association has traditionally favored the player's individual choice -- although the topic was addressed at the general managers meeting in Toronto this week. There was significant support from both sides to grandfather the rule into effect.
Hurricanes captain Eric said his parents have been begging him to wear a visor for years; he plans to start Tuesday.
"I've had someone extremely close to me go through something that you never want to see anyone go through," he told reporters.
Jordan said he and his brother discussed it together and decided to give it a try. While there may be some time needed to get comfortable while wearing the new protective headgear, neither expects it to be a huge adjustment.
When the Hurricanes were in town to play the Rangers last week, Jordan told local media his mother made her opinions on the matter clear, but he said "Staals can be stubborn sometimes."
Now, it sounds like they are listening to her advice.
"Safe to say that the family is happy we are doing it," Jordan said.
Although there is no timetable for when Marc will be back for the Rangers, he will also wear a visor when he returns.
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