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shyblonde asked in SportsHockey · 1 decade ago

What year were helmets made a requirement in the NHL?

What year were helmets made a requirement in the NHL?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Last NHL player to play without a helmet:

    Craig MacTavish, St. Louis 1996-1997

    First NHL player to play with a helmet:

    George Owen, Boston 1929

    wore his leather football helmet

    First NHL team to all play with helmets:

    Boston Bruins, 4 January 1934

    After seeing their defenseman, Eddie Shore fracture Ace Bailey's skull in a simple bodycheck gone wrong. They wore their leather helmets for the first time in a game where they were defeated by the Ottawa Senatore 9-2.

    First goalie to wear a mask:

    Clint Benedict, Montreal Maroons, January 1930

    wore a leather mask for several games after a broken cheekbone but stopped wearing one due to obstructed vision on low shots.

    First NHL goalie to play with a helmet regularly:

    Jacques Plante, Montreal, 1959-1960

    Made his own fibreglass mask

    Last NHL goalie to play without a helmet:

    Andy Brown, Pittsburgh, 7 April 1974

    First NHL goalie to decorate his mask:

    Gerry Cheevers, Boston, 1967-1968

    Cheevers painted his mask with black stitch marks as a joke after Fred Stanfield scratched his mask in practice.

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  • 4 years ago

    To clarify: --- Since there were no playoffs during the lockout, no one missed those. Doesn't count, should be treated as if that year (from and NHL standpoint) never happened. --- The Wings only hold the current record for most consecutive playoff appearances. Other teams in the past have done it more often - I believe the Blues made it over 20 at one time.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    1979

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

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  • 1979-80 season; players currently in the league were not made to follow the requirement (new players were).

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  • 1 decade ago

    1979. But the rule was grandfathered for players who signed pro contracts prior to 6/79

    LOL.. that's ok Bob... where does the time go, eh?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    before the 79 - 80 season if I remember right; and last star player to play without one ..

    I'm gonna nominate Doug Wilson (but when Lafleur came back he played without one)

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  • 1 decade ago

    APBH-All that info and you did not answer her question. MacTavish was the last because he was grandfathered.

    Dave, it was much later than 1979.

    Wow......it was 1979. Christ I am old.

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