Top 10 Hairdos in NHL History
When it comes to pro sports, let's face it: Hockey players reign supreme for their infatuation with hair.
It is even talked about as its own entity—"hockey hair."
Yes, players seem to feel the need to express themselves on and off the ice—and what better way to do it than sporting business in the front, and a party in the back.
Why, even the greatest player of all time, Wayne Gretzky, got into the act in the '80s.
So, I decided to take a look at some of the best hockey hairdos ever.
Maybe because my girlfriend is a hairdresser?
Maybe because as a 34-year-old, I seem to grow it everywhere on my body aside from my head—and I admire a nice head of hair?
Or maybe it's because it's 12 a.m. here in Vernon, B.C., and I have had a few pops?
Either way, here it is for your enjoyment: The 10 Best (worst) Hairdos in the History of Hockey.
10. Guy Lafleur
When Lafleur came flying through the neutral zone with his hair waving in the wind, one of two things was guaranteed to happen.
Either he was going to score a goal, or a girl in the crowd would want to bear his child. He scored 560 goals in his career—and he probably could have had twice as many kids.
He was tagged "le Demon Blond" (the Blonde Demon), among French fans.
Now that's a head of hair!
9. Chris Simon
Simon sported this hair that would have made Eric Cartman cry out hippy profanities—and made the members of Pearl Jam proud.
But the fact was, when he had it in Colorado, he scored 16 goals in 64 games—and when he sported it in Washington, he popped in 29 goals in 75 games.
Yes, there is power in hair, folks. Just ask Chris Simon.
8. Bryan McCabe
You wanna talk about hairdos that had a positive effect on a player's career? Look no further than McCabe's mohawk in Toronto.
Not only did the king of the can opener put up 68 points with his Leafs hawk in 2005-06, but he also fooled Hockey Canada into thinking he was a good defenseman—and he made the Olympic Team.
Eight goals in 75 games in Florida this year. Time to grow it back, Bryan!
7. Ron Duguay
How much did Duguay's hair make his career? Just read this excerpt from People magazine: "They called him the Romeo of the Rink, Broadway Joe Namath on Skates, and Mick Jagger on Ice."
Sure, he scored 620 points in his 860-game NHL career. What we really care about is how many models he scored with over his career.
He's married to one stone cold fox in Kim Alexis.
6. Ryan Smyth
Smyth could be the poster child for modern day hockey hair.
People wonder how he has been so consistent over his long NHL career?
It's no secret, folks. He hasn't changed his hair since the early '90s.
5. Michal Handzus
What do Handzus and Michael Bolton have in common besides hairdos and their first names?
They are both one-hit wonders.
Handzus hasn't scored more than 44 points in the NHL since his breakout year with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2003-04, when he had 58 points in 82 games.
But hey, at least he doesn't suck as much as Bolton's singing career.
4. Mike Commodore
Some may critique the Sideshow Bob-like 'do that Commodore sported through the playoffs with the Calgary Flames in 2004—and again with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006.
But the Napoleon Dynamite 'do got him to back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals—and he won with the Hurricanes in 2006. He also got a whole lot of fans interested in the game of hockey in Carolina.
Now that's some powerful hair!
3. Mike Ricci
When you look up "hockey player" in the dictionary, it should post a picture of Ricci. The guy played the game—and he looked like your prototypical hockey character.
Why else do you think his Sharks teammates voted him best looking on the club—and he and Sean Avery were the only two NHLers to appear in the movie The Rocket and have any dialogue?
It's because he has "the look!"
2. Al Iafrate
You need more proof that with great hockey hair comes great power? Then look no further than Iafrate and what he did at the 1993 NHL All-Star Game.
It's no coincidence that he rocked this skullet when his slapshot set the NHL Skills Competition record—which stood for 16 years—at 105.2 mph.
If you could shoot like that, you could pull off this look, too!
1. Jaromir Jagr
There will never be an argument over who had the best hair in the game. It is always the same name that comes up...Jaromir Jagr.
It is also no fluke that after he chopped his cheveux (that means hair in French), he was never the same.
You wonder how he looked so good at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver?
Check the back of his helmet!
Like I said, there is power in hockey hair; look no further than the career of this man.