OK, so I realize hockey players need to protect their noggins. Especially nowadays with guys like Matt Cooke headhunting like he was part of a tribe from Papua New Guinea in the early 1900s.
But at what cost?
I mean, what's worse, suffering a mild concussion, or receiving years of ridicule from fans, friends and family for the helmet you decided to sport during your career?
Think the decision is that easy?
Well, Butch Goring hasn't played in the NHL since Ronald Reagan was president, yet 25 years later I'm still making fun of his helmet.
All kidding aside, kids, wear a helmet—but have a bit of fashion sense, at least.
Even Sean Avery, a guy who has an internship at Vogue magazine, sported a helmet that looked like it was straight out of the Star Wars Stormtrooper collection. I guess picking out a helmet isn't as easy as picking out a purse.
On that note, I decided to take a look at the 10 ugliest helmets ever.
What else am I going to write about? My team is out of the playoffs.
Theoren Fleury made a few bad choices over his career, but nothing compares to the lid he sported in his brief 54-game stint with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Not to overkill the Star Wars references, but Theo kinda looked like an X-wing fighter pilot.
If he wasn't my all-time favorite player, he would be on the top five of this list, but I know he was going through some rough times at this point, so I'll give him a break.
Lord knows I have made some bad choices after throwing back a few cold ones.
He may be one of the greatest goalies to ever play the game, but that still didn't give Dominik Hasek the right to sport this hideous helmet in Detroit.
It looked like a skateboard helmet with his cage from peewee hockey attached to it.
He even tried to make it look good by painting it. The only problem was you can't fix ugly!
Even the "Great One" wasn't opposed to donning a haggard helmet.
By comparison, look at the lid Glenn Anderson has, you can still find the classic CCM style being worn by numerous NHLers. Gretzky's, on the other hand, is pretty much obsolete in North America.
Yes, they are popular over in Europe, but so are the musical stylings of David Hasselhoff.
Maybe the only hockey player on earth that could pull off a bad helmet is Lanny McDonald.
Because it is impossible to notice his motorcycle-like lid when you're staring at his immense mustache.
He looked like Dennis Hopper from the movie Easy Rider, which may have been cool in the late '60s and early '70s, but he was pushing the limits trying to pull it off in 1989.
Denis Savard was a phenomenal player in his day, but the guy wore some downright ugly helmets.
Like this one, for instance.
He looked like Lord Helmet from the movie Spaceballs.
So much for the French having fashion sense.
In the 1970s, it seemed like ugly helmets were popular with the Buffalo Sabres. Everybody from the great Danny Gare and his bubble helmet to Rick Martin and Gilbert Perreault.
Perreault's helmet was particularly unique, in that it was a little bubble-like, and a little World War I pilot-like, mixed in with a whole lot of ugly.
Thank God you scored 1,326 points in the NHL Gilbert, otherwise you would have just been remembered as that guy with the unsightly helmet.
Talk about the bowl helmets of all bowl helmets, Mike Foligno's should be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame as being the worst of all time.
Seriously, I want to stick my fingers in the three holes in the top of it and try and knock down some pins.
He will be best known for his classic jump after each goal he scored, but wow did he have a horrible lid.
Is anybody else craving a salad?
What gives with those guys from the Windy City?
Stan Mikita's helmet looked like something that was homemade for one of those hyperactive five-year-old kids you see being walked through the mall on a leash.
Just because he scored 1,467 points in the NHL, shouldn't have given him the right to sport this monstrosity.
Few people remember that Petr Klima scored 40 goals as an Oiler, or 37 in Detroit.
His accomplishments on the ice will never really be truly recognized.
Simply because he sported one of the ugliest helmets in the history of the NHL.
It looked like a garbage can!
Ask anybody who has watched hockey over the past 30 years or more who Petr Klima is, and I guarantee they'll reply, "He's that guy that wore the ugly helmet!"
As bad as Petr Klima's helmet was, the New York Islanders' Butch Goring's lid takes the cake for the most repulsive ever in the history of the game.
I can't tell if it was made out of velvet, or hockey tape, or if he was planning to race in the Tour de France, or ride in the Kentucky Derby, but his head protection was something to behold.
It's like staring at Latoya Jackson. It's hideous, yet I can't look away!