Everyone's mom is right: It really is fun only until you lose an eye. Or nearly do. Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi became the latest NHL player to have a scary ocular incident. The stick of the Stars' Jamie Benn caught Bertuzzi right below the left eye during the second period of Tuesday's 4-1 victory over Dallas. Bertuzzi came back out for the third period -- a swollen socket was the extent of the damage. But his coach couldn't help but comment on how easily even a black eye could have been avoided. "Wearing a visor might be a good thing," coach Mike Babcock said. "I hate to see that happen to a guy -- it'd change your life forever. That's part of the game, but a visor would fix that." The Wings didn't practice Wednesday, but it's a safe bet Bertuzzi is giving some hard thought to adding a visor to his helmet. The NHL can't mandate players wear a visor, but even veterans usually do so after they've had a close call, like Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom both did. Players used to lament they couldn't see as well with a visor, or that it would fog up, but it doesn't seem to impair the play of such visor-wearing superstars as Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Sidney Crosby, Marian Hossa and Alex Ovechkin.
Todd Bertuzzi's close call eye injury stirs talk of wearing visors
Detroit Free Press | Jan 31