holmer, not homer

My mistake. Toronto GM Brian Burke wasn’t, in fact, talking about Homer’s view on the place of protective visors in hockey, but Holmer’s. As in his counterpart over at the Philadelphia Flyers, Paul Holmgren, who said last week: “To me, it’s not an issue: Players should wear them.”

So that clears that up.

Just for the record, there are no mentions of visors in The Odyssey. Lots of helmets and shields, though, and even if the context is different, the message is pretty much the same whether it’s the safety of players you’re talking about or heroes: “If, again, war were to break out this day,” cries Ulysses, “give me a shield, a couple of spears and a helmet fitting well upon my temples.”

puck classics

Colder this week in Toronto, but mostly it’s wet. A mist of rain, or a rain of mist, one of those, on the way down to Toronto library headquarters today on two pressing investigations:

1. The debate over mandatory visors started up again almost immediately during the Toronto-Philadelphia game on Monday night after Mikhail Grabovski’s stick snicked Chris Pronger’s eye. Sifting the yays and the nays in today’s Globe and Mail, James Mirtle talks to Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke. He thinks defencemen should have to wear shields, no question. All the players, though? “I’d want to hear the GMs on the larger topic,” he says, “but I think I would support Homer.” Continue reading