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Hockey Day in America: Hockey Hair — a long, flowing tour

Feb 17, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

Today is Hockey Day in America, an all-day celebration of the sport throughout the United States. NBC will air nine hours of live coverage across its networks; here at PHT, we’re taking a look at stories of hockey’s impact across the country.

Playoff beards are great and mustaches are hilarious, but hockey hair is the best.

While it’s virtually impossible to pinpoint every great example of hockey hair, PHT aims to hit as many of the best as possible.

(Go ahead and get your mean jokes about Ryan Getzlaf‘s patchy dome out of the way now.)

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Classics and throwbacks

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A generation of hockey fans have grown up with Barry Melrose’s mullet, which has taken on a more regal air now that it has grayed strategically. (via Getty)


“Captain Canada” Ryan Smyth might just have the prototypical mullet.

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“The Great One” didn’t have the greatest mullet, but he was an ambassador nonetheless. (via AP).

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Mike Commodore was at his best when he was just one red mass. (via AP)

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The most admirable thing about Patrick Roy’s mop is that it’s endured well beyond his career. Still, it was better when it was stringy from in-game sweat. (via AP)


Michal Handzus has the expression of a man who lost a bet, but he makes the same face when he’s shockingly clean cut, too.

And for arguably the (second?) most famous mullet of them all, why just show one picture of Jaromir Jagr when this fan tribute says it the best?

The saddest one is the hair you can’t see, as Kerry Fraser had to put a lid on late in his officiating career (via Getty):

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Modern masterpieces

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Patrick Kane had an inventive idea in 2010: why not a grow a playoff mullet to supplement a playoff beard? (via Getty)

Another Kane did something innovative with his hair, as Evander Kane shave “YMCMB” into his head:


While Mike Green was the first hockey player to draw a lot of attention for sporting a Mohawk and/or “fauxhawk,” the Nashville Predators made it a bonding thing in the 2012 playoffs:

(That’s some hair-raising reporting.)


From the “never expected to see that in hockey” category, you have a smattering of guys with frosted tips and highlights. Most aren’t quite as … loud as Tony Amonte’s 2002 team photo, though.

Sometimes, it’s all about finding a well-timed photo, which is why it seems prudent to end this gallery with Kris Versteeg‘s wonderful wind-blown look (via Getty):

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  1. killerpgh - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    No love for Ogie Oglethorpe… And once Mario cut his mullet his body couldn’t take the change of weight distribution and his back problems started.

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Any list that does not include Ron Duguay is incomplete.

    • sabatimus - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Or Scottie Hartnell.

  3. mikebel11 - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Kovalev? Stamkos? Karlsson? Letang? Missing the all time greatest and last years top three

  4. kingsforever - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Tyler Ennis?

  5. rflashj - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    What? No Hansen brothers?

  6. sheckyrimshot - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    al iafrate is the dictionary definition of skullet.

    • bcjim - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      If only I knew how to embed a picture.

      Also Jagr’s early work was exceptional. Exceptionally awful that is.

  7. chanceoffleury1 - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    TSN did a feature on Letang’s hair last year right before the playoffs. Haha, it was getting seriously out of hand by the end of the year. If they had made a deep playoff run he would have looked like Cousin It.

    • letsgopens8771 - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      THANK YOU!! At least someone else agrees that Letang should have been in this discussion. His hair is his trademark. He’s so fast, that his hair has trouble keeping up with him.

      Screw JR. He’s an asshole and a hack.

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