Mathieu Perreault is maybe 5-foot-10 with the aid of skates, and with pucks and sticks flying around at eye level, the Washington Capitals forward isn’t shedding his visor anytime soon. Not even after it broke Tuesday night for the third time in three years.
Instead, Perreault switched from Bauer to Oakley.
“I think the Oakley ones are better,” said Perreault, who practiced Thursday with his new shield. “I’ve never heard of an Oakley visor broken. It’s just the Bauers. They’ve got to clean it up a little bit.”
Perreault has had some unfortunate fortune with visors in recent years. Dec. 26, 2010 at the Carolina Hurricanes, a dirty hit from defenseman Tim Gleason caused a broken shield, a broken nose and a concussion.
March 2 at the Winnipeg Jets, a point shot got tipped by Caps left wing Jason Chimera and broke Perreault’s visor, forcing him to play a couple of shifts without one.
Tuesday against the New York Islanders, forward Kyle Okposo’s elbow or stick came up on Perreault as he was sliding to the ice, causing the visor to break and him to crawl off the ice in pain.
It could’ve been much worse.
“My vision’s good, my vision’s fine. It’s just a couple stitches, a couple scratches,” said Perreault, pointing to scars below his left eye. “They just make me look tougher.”
Perreault couldn’t help but wonder why this kept happening.
“I didn’t even know. It just happened,” he said. “I’m just like, ‘What’s going on?’ And all of a sudden I see my visor and I see the blood. And I’m like, ‘Again.’ I was not happy.”
Expressing his displeasure for Bauer’s visors that apparently failed him one too many times, Perreault explained there wasn’t much of a difference with Oakley.
“They’re just a little tougher, like they won’t break,” he said. “I’ve never heard any before.”