I'm actually really surprised that a "clear majority" of NHL players voted for mandatory visors. I guess you can't really argue with the players out there in the trenches if a solid majority are saying go for the mandatory visors. Granted 70%+ of them already wear visors as it is but it's not a given those already wearing one would be in favor of mandatory wear for all new players. Quite interesting.
There's not a doubt in my mind this thing will pass the Board of Governors no problem. Makes fights a little harder, but if you ignore that it really doesn't take away from the game. IMHO.
I wonder who the last player in the NHL will be without a visor now.
Generation of (Frank) sheep... Everyone gets a trophy!
Next on the docket, mandatory non-sharp skates, wouldn't want to cut a shitty defenseman that scores a lot right?
I understand the frustration and spirit of what you're saying but I really don't see much of an extension of mandatory visors to players playing "less tough." The vast majority of juniors players wear visors anyway, and it doesn't unduly restrict vision/sight (as a full cage undoubtedly does). In my mind, it's not all that different from when the NHL mandated helmets. The NHL is saying (then as now) "We don't doubt you're tough, but this will help make the game safer without unduly restricting your ability to play the game."
A full cage mask or restricting skate sharpness (in your example) WOULD restrict a players' ability to play to their full ability. Yea you can always make the argument that a visor restricts vision in the same manner a full cage does, but not to the same degree. Again: my opinion.