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19 June 2007

Did You Know: Helmet History

Posted in: Did You Know?,Uncategorized — admin @ 6:00 am

Use of Helmets

Until the late 1970′s/early 1980′s, it was uncommon for players to
wear helmets.

The first player credited for wearing a helmet was Boston Bruins’
defenseman George Owen in 1928. Owen, a college football player
at Harvard, wore his leather football helmet when he joined the NHL.

The first all-star game (1933-34) was organized as a benefit for
Toronto Maple Leafs “Ace” Bailey, whose hockey career ended due
to head injury. He was not wearing a helmet.

In 1968, North Stars center Bill Masterson hit his head on the ice
during a game and died two days later. He is honored with the
Masterson Memorial Trophy. He was not wearing a helmet.

In the 1979-80 season, the NHL made it mandatory for players joining
the league after that point to wear a helmet.

Craig Mactavish retired in the 1996-97 season, the last NHL player to
play in the NHL without a helmet.

Source: Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame

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