Like Marc Staal’s mother, I am sick with worry over the injury her son sustained in last night’s win over the Flyers. And no, I’m not worried about how it will effect the Rangers position in the standings. I’m worried about Marc’s well being.

When I saw him get hit with that puck, I knew he was severely injured. I was shaking with fear for this young man. I could only guess what his mother was feeling.

Being the mother of two daughters, I constantly worry about them. Are they doing well? Are they safe? No matter how old they are, parents are always upset when their children are injured or in danger.

I have watched Marc Staal since his first game in a Ranger uniform. It was at the first preseason game after the 2004-05 lockout at the Nassau Coliseum. I sat right next to Marc in the first row on the glass. He was no more then a foot away from me on the visitor’s bench.

He was sent down to the WolfPack at the start of the regular season but I could see the greatness in him on that night in Nassau. From the very¬† beginning, Staal has more then delivered on his promise. He’s shut down the best scorers in the league.

Ranger fans have watched this boy grow up. Marc Staal came to us as an eighteen year old kid barely out of high school. He has grown into a great player and a fine young man. Staal, Callahan, Girardi, Lundqvist, Del Zotto, Stepan are all like sons to us “older” Ranger fans. They are home grown. I even look out after our boys that have moved on.

As a mother and a concerned fan, I implore the NHL to make visors mandatory. I beg all players to starting using a visor immediately, NHL mandate or no. Your fans love you. We don’t ever want to see anyone hurt or have their careers ended when a visor could have saved you.

My thoughts and prayers are with Marc. I wish him a speedy recovery and hope he has not sustained any long term injury.

But, my heart goes out to Marc’s mother (and his father). I cannot imagine the worry four sons have caused them throughout the years.




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