Joey Hishon is back.
But statistics aren't important. What matters is that Hishon's professional career is officially under way after he skated for the Lake Erie Monsters in a 4-2 American Hockey League loss to the Toronto Marlies Tuesday night in Cleveland.
It was the 21-year-old Stratford native's first hockey game in nearly two years after sustaining a serious concussion from an illegal elbow to the head in a Memorial Cup game in 2011.
"Obviously, it's an unbelievable feeling," Hishon told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "But it's bittersweet because we lost. I think the excitement of being back in the game wore off pretty quickly. I wanted to contribute any way I could to help us win."
The NHLPA is going to talk to the players about visor use.
Mathieu Schneider, a special assistant to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, said some 72-73% of NHL players currently wear shields.
“By the sheer numbers of players wearing them, you’re seeing a big change in visors,” said Schneider.
“I’m certainly an advocate — and a bit of a hypocrite myself because I played my entire career without one. But the game’s extremely fast. Guys come into the league now having had to wear a visor before. We’re definitely going to look at talking to the guys about grandfathering them in.”
Speaking of visors and facial injuries, another player was cut in the face by a skate (there is video).
Deveaux, now playing for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, was clipped by a high stick during the second period against the Texas Stars and fell to the ice clutching his face. Seconds later, teammate Nolan Yonkman was knocked off balance and wound up stepping on Deveaux’s face, opening a large gash.
The 29-year-old was quickly helped off the ice, leaving a trail of blood, and taken to a local hospital.
Bobby Orr is releasing a memoir.
In the book, which Garrison said is in Orr’s “own voice and from his own perspective,” the winner of a record eight consecutive Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenceman addresses a host of topics. They range from leaving Parry Sound, Ont., at 14 to join the OHL Oshawa Generals to winning a pair of Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins, the knee pain he suffered through, his troubles with his agent, Alan Eagleson, his close relationship with former coach Don Cherry and his assessment of the state of the NHL game today.