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06-12-2013, 05:31 PM
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Helmeted to helmetless?

This might be a strange question but I was wondering how many players started off their careers with helmets and ended up shedding them shortly after? Here are the ones that I can think of:

Craig MacTavish: wore one during his early years with the Bruins

Rod Langway: Most pictures I see of him in a Canadiens uniform have him wearing a helmet.

Greg Smyth: Briefly lost the lid for a few games in 1992-93 (if memory serves me right).

It also seems that a lot of hockey cards of Dan Daoust show him helmetless, but I always remember him with a helmet. (Maybe the pictures on the cards were taken during warmups?)

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Guy Lafleur is the most well known name that comes to mind here. Wore a helmet up until 1974. Starting in the 1974-'75 season he took it off and that was his breakout year. It has often been said that once Lafleur took the helmet off he became more free. But that is more figuratively speaking since we always associate him with the long wavy hair blowing in the wind.

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A lot of guys were forced to use them when theyd suffered injuries, but just temporarily including Gordie Howe in 1962... Red Kelly was another. He didnt wear a helmet every game despite being a major advocate from early on to have them mandated, and was in fact instrumental in making that happen in Ontario around 62/63 at the amateur levels.

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I think Al Secord wore one when he started with the Bruins but took it off soon after

Dave Semenko started with a helmet as well but discarded it later on

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Mike O'Connell wore a helmet in Chicago and initially did in Boston but then took it off.

Towards the end of his career, Barry Beck waivered back and forth a few times.

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Mike O'Connell wore a helmet in Chicago and initially did in Boston but then took it off.

Towards the end of his career, Barry Beck waivered back and forth a few times.
So did Mel Bridgeman. Mostly wore a helmet throughout his career but had stretches where he didn't

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