PHILADELPHIA (AP) - When Chris Pronger returns to the NHL, he'll have more than his captain's "C" as a uniform accessory. The Philadelphia Flyers defenseman will also wear a protective eye shield.
Pronger suffered the scariest injury of his 18-year career this week when a wayward stick jabbed him just outside his right eye during a 4-2 win over Toronto.
Instead of being sent home for bed rest, Pronger should have been in Philadelphia's lineup this week. Pronger, however, is one of many NHL veterans who have refused to wear a protective plastic visor.
The time could be near, though, when visors are as much a part of the game as sticks and gloves.
Some players feel the shields are a nuisance when they fog up or shaved ice needs to be brushed off. There are also complaints about a lack of peripheral vision.