Since before the days Wayne Gretzky sported his dynamic mullet, looking like he was some kind of MacGyver about to score around the net, hockey players have been known to feature some of the most epic and crazy hairstyles in all of sports. Styles change, but players are continually finding new and wacky ways to show off their lettuce when they hit the ice.
With that in mind, and with some extra free time on our hands while we wait for our favorite sport to start back up, we decided to take a shot at picking an all-hair team from this year's crop of NHL players.
Enjoy the list we've assembled and be sure to vote for your top choice in the poll below.
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This former first-rounder has been a hair legend for quite some time. At 35 years old, the 6-foot-6 center seems to up his hair game each season and now its his facial hair that takes the cake. With a solid mustache that helps bring it all together, he always looks ready for television when he hits the ice.
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This 29-year old center and 2019 Stanley Cup Champion wowed us with the picture-perfect beard he sported during the Blues' miraculous run to the championship a season ago. O'Reilly continues to lead the Blues in delightful facial hair, and with the style he's rocking there's no reason he can't put together a fifth consecutive 20-goal campaign once the season resumes.
Photo credit: Winnipeg Jets/NHL
This Winnipeg Jet, who was a sixth-round draft pick back in 2006, may not have the facial hair of his counterparts but those long, flowing locks are so lengthy they require their own zip code. If you watch closely during games, the 32-year old's lettuce starts to develop some nice curls while he glides up and down the ice as a member of the Jets' offense.
Photo credit: San Jose Sharks/NHL
This one was almost too obvious of a choice. Burns, at 35 years old, rocks a mullet-style look and draping beard that likely puts more fear in his opponents than his wicked slap shot. This 6-foot-5 blue-liner has some competition on his own squad in fellow Shark Joe Thornton. But with the legend of Burns' facial hair growing year after year, we had to go with this former first-rounder for this season's squad.
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At 36 years old, Keith may be approaching the twilight of his career as a defenseman for the Blackhawks, but a quick look at him makes it clear that his hair game is still in its prime. Keith dazzles with a long pristine set of locks that flow as he skates around the Windy City. We can only hope the former second-round pick continues his career a while longer so that we can enjoy those locks in action.
Photo credit: Washington Capitals/NHL
No, we didn't forget about the goalies. Holtby was the Vezina Trophy winner in 2016 and a Stanley Cup champion in 2018 for his netminding ability, but he also deserves a championship ring for that hairstyle. He keeps it clean with a well-kept beard and lets it flow out the back with that slicked-back hair. That's a look all young goaltenders can aspire to. Plus, the 30-year old former fourth-round pick has a long history of being the Capitals' best-dressed player in the locker room.
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