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Eric, Jordan Staal both to start wearing visors

Friday, 03.22.2013 / 1:23 PM / News


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Eric, Jordan Staal both to start wearing visors
Not long after their brother, Marc, was injured when a puck hit him in the eye, Eric and Jordan Staal will begin to wear visors on their helmets.

Not long after their brother, New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, was injured when a puck hit him in the eye, Eric and Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes had visors on their helmets for practice Friday and will continue to wear them in the future.

Eric Staal told Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer that it wasn't an experiment for him and his brother, and they will continue to wear them. Carolina's next game is Tuesday night at PNC Arena against the Winnipeg Jets.

"It is something I've worn before, and it is a decision that has been brewing for a while," the Hurricanes captain said to reporters after practice Friday in Raleigh, N.C. "I just feel like the risk isn't worth it right now because of the injuries I've seen to other people -- to guys in this organization, to family. Sometimes you feel like you're invincible, but as many guys have seen, you're not and unfortunate injuries can happen. It is just being smarter, and I'm sure it will be fine once I get it going."

Marc Staal was hit in the eye with a puck March 5 and is out indefinitely. Jordan Staal told reporters in New York earlier this week he thinks his brother will be able to return from the injury this season.

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