22 Players with the Worst Teeth in Hockey History

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IOctober 24, 2011

22 Players with the Worst Teeth in Hockey History

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    Hockey is a very dangerous sport, and sometimes our teeth are the casualties. Having missing teeth, or very few teeth at all, has become a symbol of how aggressive the sport is.

    Players with less teeth than normal people are often labelled as tough guys and bad asses, and in truth, many of them are.

    These players made their dentists very rich people indeed. Let's look at the 22 worst teeth in NHL history.

    Pics in slides 1-9 from here.

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    Nicholas Goss is a Boston Bruins featured columnist for Bleacher Report and was the organization's on-site reporter for the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals in Boston.

Matthew Barnaby

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    Matthew Barnaby was a pretty physical player in his day, and he fought on several occasions. His teeth are a result of his physical play for sure.

Ken Daneyko

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    Ken Daneyko is missing quite a few teeth here, and it definitely proves he was in some battles over his career.

Bobby Clarke

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    This picture of Bobby Clarke symbolizes the toughness and rugged play of the "Broad St. Bullies" of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s, some of the most physical teams in NHL history.

Doug Favell

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    Doug Favell didn't always wear a mask when playing the goaltender position. Maybe if he had, his teeth would have fared better.

Dany Heatley

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    Not only has consistent playoff success eluded Dany Heatley in his NHL career, he's also gone through it without some of his teeth.

Duncan Keith

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    Duncan Keith is a hockey player, pure and simple. One of the top defenseman in the league, Keith isn't a afraid to be physical on every shift, and he's got some missing teeth to prove it.

Mike Ricci

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    Mike Ricci wasn't a very good-looking person to begin with, so losing some of his teeth certainly did not help his cause.

Alexander Ovechkin

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    Alexander Ovechkin isn't afraid to play the game with a lot of toughness and passion, and he's missing at least one tooth as well.

    Despite the fact, he still hangs out with beautiful Russian women, so I guess it's not all bad.

Keith Tkachuk

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    Keith Tkachuk was a great player during his career, and by end of it, he was missing a few teeth as well. 

Shean Donovan

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    Calgary Flames right winger Shean Donovan is missing several teeth and is not with the team anymore.

    Image taken from here.

Chris Neil

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    Chris Neil is one of the best enforcers in the NHL for the Ottawa Senators. He has been in many fights during his career. He's lost a few front teeth along the way, too.

    Image taken from here.

Mel Bridgman

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    Mel Bridgman played the game hard, and as a result, he lost several of his front teeth on the top and bottom.

    Image taken from here.

Chris Conner

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    Chris Conner of the Dallas Stars is missing several front teeth, but he doesn't seem to bothered by it.

    Image taken from here.

Joe Thornton

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    Joe Thornton has been a premier NHL power forward for over a decade, and he's lost some teeth along the way.

    Image taken from here.

Paul Stastny

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    Paul Stastny is one of the bright young centers in hockey, and he's already lost a few teeth in his young career.

Brian Sutter

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    Brian Sutter captained the St. Louis Blues for years, and the 1,786 penalty minutes he accumulated in his career suggests he was a pretty physical player.

Eric Belanger

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    Eric Belanger is one tough hockey player, and when his tooth was rocked in the first period of a game, he went to the bench and played dentist himself, pulling his tooth out.

Chris Pronger

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    Chris Pronger's teeth are in bad shape, and you can't even see his bottom ones here.

    But he finds himself on this list because he's been responsible for many players losing their teeth over the last decade or so.

Wayne Gretzky

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    Even Wayne Gretzky, "the Great One," wasn't able to survive without losing a tooth as an NHL player for many seasons.

    Image taken from here.

Daniel Carcillo

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    A lot of people despise Daniel Carcillo, and his bad teeth don't help his cause.

    Image taken from here.

Doug Risebrough

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    Doug Risebrough had one ugly smile with all of those missing teeth. His dentist must have been one busy person.

    Image taken from here.

Craig Berube

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    Craig Berube was one mean guy, and with all his missing teeth, he was one player you wanted to stay away from.

    Image taken from here.