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How is it MacTavish didnt wear a helmet?

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06-03-2006, 02:25 PM
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How is it MacTavish didnt wear a helmet?

I should know the answer to this one but if I remember correctly back at the start of the '79-80 season every player who started that year or after had to wear a helmet. In 1979 it was pretty much 50/50 of guys who had helmets. Ironically Don Cherry and Larry Robinson were two guys who were against it saying that head injuries would escalate (they were right).

But MacTavish's first season was '79-80. And that year I can remember old clips of him wearing a helmet. He of course is the last guy to ever not wear a helmet after he retired in '97. So what am I missing? His first season was '79-80. That was the year it started to be grandfathered as far as I know. So how did he get to take off his helmet? Maybe I should know this but I dont

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i believe anyone who started that yr had the right not to wear ahelmet

I recall robinson not wearing a helmet then wearing one a few seasonslater.


Other ones hwo didnt wear a helmet were

brad marsh willie plett lee foligno doug wilson brad smith al secord randy carlye and rod langway i beleive

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In the mid 80s the NHL said that everyone coming in to the league had to wear a helmet. Those that were already in the league, not wearing one, were allowed to continue.

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I believe the rule was that all players drafted in 1979 or later had to wear a helmet.

Since MacTavish was drafted in 1978, he was grandfathered despite never playing a pro game prior to making them manditory.

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His hair was thick enough to act as a helmet. Commodore and Anson Carter could go without a helmet and still have same protection with the thickness of their locks.

MS is right.

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When will this rule go in to effect with visors? you know its coming!

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Ron Duguay was another of the last holdouts.

He actually wore one for a game or two when he was in LA because he had fallen and hit his head during a skirmish, but like I said it lasted two games at the most.

And to further corroborate MS's story, that is exactly right.

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wasnt kelly kisio alos a helmetless wonder

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Of interest to this thread........

Next season there is a new rule that all refs and linesman will need to wear a helmet (and maybe a shield too?).

So those that love Kerry Fraser's hair will sadly have to miss out. Though they are talking with the right kind of Gel he may be able to claim his hair is his helmet.

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Thats not fair, Frasers hair is his trademark. Haha he looks like one of those Lego people that you play with when your little. I wonder if his hair can pop on/off , that would be cool.

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wasnt kelly kisio alos a helmetless wonder
Nope, he wore one.

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Ryan Smyth is the only player to ever wear a helmet not to protect his head but to protect the rest of the league from his hair. thats a fact

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