Although we may never see him on NHL ice again, by Alex Ovechkin The iconic mirror visor is officially back in video game form.
The NHL has released a screenshot of Digi Ovi wielding his Robo Cop-like shield in NHL 23.
“Mirror visor x #NHL23”, the league wrote on Twitter.
Mirror visor x #NHL23 🔥🔥
— NHL (@NHL) August 29, 2022
RMNB contacted EA Sports for the information.
“The mirror visor is a customizable option that can be added to any player, real or created,” an EA Sports NHL 23 rep told us. “Ovechkin does not wear a mirror visor by default.”
If the game is similar to NHL 22, the mirrored visor can be added in the equipment area if you choose Ovechkin and enter his details on the Capitals list.
Ovechkin revealed that the mirror visor he wore in his rookie season was his favorite when the Capitals conducted a poll on his Instagram account in 2020.
“The tinted visor is just my style,” Ovechkin said in a Hockey News Q&A in December 2005. “I only wear it for that reason.”
However, the mirrored visor disappeared a year later and Ovi then started wearing the tinted visor which is featured in option no. 2 above. Devils Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur complained that the visor gave Ovechkin a competitive edge. Ovechkin was the only player to wear the mirror visor at the time.
“I said it’s not right because my game is to watch an athlete, and especially when it comes to a shootout, it makes it harder for me if I can’t see his eyes. “Brodeur told the Daily News.
Before the start of the next season, league general managers voted against allowing the visor 29-1, with the Capitals’ George McPhee the only dissenter. The NHL and NHLPA discussed Ovechkin’s mirror visor at a meeting in June 2006 (see discussion here), but never established a rule to explicitly ban it.
This means that there is one more chance Ovechkin might wear it again someday.