NHL to adopt penalty for removing visor in fight

Calgary Flames' Mike Cammalleri, left, and St. Louis Blues' Kris Russell fight. (AP/Jeff Roberson)

The NHL will implement a minor penalty for players that remove their visors prior to fighting, according to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector.

On Wednesday while at meetings in Boston, NHL general managers endorsed the recommendation that the league grandfather in a mandatory visor rule for the start of next season.

The decision to make visors mandatory was made by the NHL’s competition committee in early June. Former NHL defenceman and special assistant to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, Mathieu Schneider, said then that a “clear majority” of players polled supported the rule change.

The league’s board of governors will hold a vote June 27 and if they vote in support of the rule change, all rookies will be required to wear visors in the NHL moving forward.

Currently, under section 46.6 of the official NHL rulebook: “If a player penalized as an instigator of an altercation is wearing a face shield (including a goalkeeper), he shall be assessed an additional unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.”

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