Davis Drewiske was on the ice this morning, looking surprisingly well. Drewiske had to leave practice yesterday after taking a deflected puck to the face and apparently losing a lot of blood and requiring stitches. Drewiske wasn’t scheduled to play tonight anyway, but he practiced, and his only concession to the injury was his wearing of a visor. I believe — although I haven’t officially confirmed this — that Drewiske stopped wearing a visor this season after wearing one in the past.
MURRAY: “When I see the play that happened (in practice), it was just such an easy flip of the puck, to get it in, and it does damage. He’s got some swelling, and stitches to close that thing up. … You wonder, sometimes, why we don’t all wear that visor. When you go to an opthamologist or a plastic surgeon, that’s something they can’t comprehend, playing this sport.”
I reminded Murray, though, that many players of his generation, and younger, resisted the wearing of helmets for a long time, also…
MURRAY: “I wore one my last year of junior, because it was mandatory, and that was only for three months. But, you know, the whole thing with helmets is, I coached players who never wore helmets. Rod Langway, he never got hit in the head. Then you go to the other side of the ice, where his partner was wearing a helmet, and you could hear the clicking of the stick off his helmet. So it’s a skill that’s lost now, managing your stick.”