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Proteau's Blog: In my corner

• If I'm ever named Team Canada's captain at the IIHF World Championship and if someone ever accuses me of making anti-French-Canadian comments without any evidence, I want Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson defending me.

The angry rebuke Nicholson delivered on Parliament Hill Thursday was just what the beyond-ridiculous situation called for. He made the politicians look like the opportunistic fools they have proven themselves to be.

Not that it made much of a difference. When separatist leader Gilles Duceppe subsequently refused to relent on or apologize for his calls to strip Doan of the captaincy – comparing the Coyote to a bank robber in the process (!!!) – my disgust level was higher than it's been since Jack Bauer turned into a girlfriend-saving wuss on the current season of 24.

I think Duceppe could benefit from a “Q&A” session or two with Mr. Bauer, don't you?

• After he was cut on the face by a puck Wednesday night, Sharks winger Bill Guerin – who doesn't wear a visor – likely may not play Saturday when San Jose takes on the Red Wings in Game 5 of their series.

In my opinion, a visor would have prevented the injury and kept him in the lineup. Now, I'm not saying Guerin is the kind of impact player who can single-handedly win a game or series by himself, but there's no doubt he could have scored a game-winner or two to help put San Jose into the Western Conference Final against Anaheim.

Meaning, if the Sharks wind up losing the game and series to Detroit, you could make the argument that all GM Doug Wilson traded to get Guerin – winger Ville Nieminen, prospect Jay Barriball and a draft pick – was wasted, simply because the league and players' association stubbornly refuse to make visors a mandatory part of NHL equipment.


A visor would have protected Bill Guerin's cheek and upper lip? You're really losing it. Wait, maybe if the visors have deflector shields that repel pucks away. Now i see your point. I think fully body visors should be in order, beginning with next season. Let's make the league Proteau approved.

- Brandon C

I"m a purist. I like fighting. I like 5-on-5 overtime. I like little goalies who make acrobatic saves. But I remember watching Bryan Berard leaving the ice with what seemed like a career-ending injury (and it arguably was) and thinking that this is one thing the league needs to get right. Grandfather every older player and force the new guys to wear visors. The NHL needs to get serious about protecting their assests, even if that means visors and no-touch icing. Just leave the fighting alone, thank you.

- Joe Willix

Adam - Love the columns you write, but I think you're stretching some of your conclusions about Guerin's injury. He has been a non-factor through most of the playoffs in my opinion, often looking listless on the ice and committing some sloppy turnovers. Plus, it's not the NHL or NHLPA's fault Guerin wasn't wearing a visor, it was his own fault. I think (and hope) San Jose will win the series anyways. Go Sabres!!

- Dave Wozniak

Whoa. Easy, I enjoyed this post until you put the blame on the NHLPA. Why not put the blame of Guerin for not wearing a visor? How quick to make things blown out of perspective you are. Put the blame on the person it belongs to, not else where.

- Josh



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