It doesn't matter how, when or where you take a hockey stick to the eye, the result will always be painful and potentially damaging.
Monday, Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos showed why it's always important to protect your eyes with a visor, even when you're sitting on the bench. During the Lightning's game versus the Leafs, Stamkos found himself staring off into the distance when his moment of zen was interrupted by a teammates stick which caught him flush on the visor.
Alright, so it wasn't exactly a violent slash or anything. But we doubt that anyone would want to see Stamkos get poked in the eye with a hockey stick, even if it was from short range. Would definitely still hurt.
Much better that the only negative result here was Stamkos having his concentration broken while thinking to himself on the bench.