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Sakic was the subject of a prank back in the 1980s.
In a 1988 piece featured in The Hockey News, it was suggested that hazing in the NHL should be abolished. The piece had segments appear in a Los Angeles Times report, and one of the incidents in question involved Joe Sakic.
In the National Hockey League, hazing also sometimes goes beyond haircuts. That it exists at all in the NHL should be an embarrassment to professional athletes. But as long as it does exist in the NHL, the practice will, no doubt, live on in the lower levels.
Quebec Nordiques rookie Joe Sakic, who looks like a skinhead since his "initiation," offers a ray of hope for the future. Sakic is on record as saying: "Next year, I'm not going to be doing anything."
That's the only way it will stop—if the rookies of this season have the sense not to take it out on the rookies of next season.
That piece was written 25 years ago, and while hazing still goes on, it isn't as rampant as it once was. There have been other incidents in pro sports in which players were hazed with a haircut, but I think everyone can agree that the prank is harmless.