First there's the obvious: Steve Montador, unlike many of his teammates, has been pretty excellent at playing hockey so far this season. Our defense is currently running amok and he's been one of the few steady Freddys. He's never going to win any awards, he's never going to draw a lot of attention to himself, but for the most part, he goes out and does his job well. That's my kind of defenseman right there.
But here's the thing that really makes me happy: Steve Montador is wearing a visor even though he doesn't really have to anymore. There are a few things I don't understand about hockey players: I don't understand why they sometimes put elbows or shoulders into another player's head or back. I don't understand why they wear their helmets so loose that they pop off if someone looks at them funny. I don't understand why someone with a concussion history TIMCONNOLLY wouldn't wear a mouthguard even though research has shown that good ones can offer serious protection. And I don't understand why any hockey player in the NHL would refuse to wear a visor. Hello, have you seen how hard those guys can shoot a puck? One player losing or severely damaging an eye would be enough for me. Perhaps I'm not macho enough for hockey, but I feel like this is one area where macho kind of bumps into stupidity. (As it often does really.)
We'll have to see if it sticks - I remember a few years ago when Paul Gaustad took a puck to the eye and wore a visor for a total of seventeen or so minutes - but hearing a guy say, "Hey, it turns out that protecting my oddly handsome face isn't so uncomfortable after all!" is music to the ears of this soft-hearted hockey fan. So thank you, Steve Montador for giving me something to feel good about.