Staios speaks out on seamless glass

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Steve Staios is the latest NHL player to speak out against the seamless glass still being used in seven arenas in the league.

Staios was hurt in a game last weekend in Phoenix when he was hit into the glass. Seamless glass has no give when it is hit.

"There's an obvious problem with this glass," Staios told The Edmonton Sun. "I was aware that it was a problem, but I didn't become vocal about it until it happened to me."

Five of the arenas with seamless glass are in the Western Conference -- Phoenix, Calgary, Vancouver, Colorado and Minnesota. The NHL has ordered that it be replaced in every arena, but extensions have been granted.

"They'll get around to it whenever," Staios said. "Yeah, whenever four or five more guys go down from a hit.

"I don't understand what they're thinking. I don't understand how it can be that big a deal to just go ahead and [change it]."

600450 Staios speaks out on seamless glass
Date: 7 January 2003

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