Aesthetically, there are few things more important to hockey players than their hair - or, as players and fans alike prefer to call it, their "flow."
Flow, defined as "hair that would flow out the back of someone's helmet and curl up around the back of the helmet" (Urban Dictionary), is a sacred part of the professional game. You won't catch a guy with great flow with a hair out of place before or after a game. Today, the kings of flow include star players like Kris Letang, Erik Karlsson and Patrick Sharp, among others, who let their locks flow freely out of the back of their buckets without a care in the world.
For others, though, the art of flow is a struggle. Some may avoid growing their hair out for the simply reason that they don't look good with long hair - which is fine, of course (see Lundqvist, Henrik for a prime example of a guy who's doing just fine with short hair). Others try and fly under the radar, as their flow remains flat and uninspiring. Some may simply not like dealing with the extra maintenance work necessary to upkeep "beauty" level flow.
Then there are those who have memorable flow for all the wrong reasons. For all the great hairstyles the National Hockey League has seen over its long and rich history, there have been just as many that have left us wondering what could have possibly been going through the mind under the questionable hairdo. From miscalculated mullets to strange colors and styles, the men on this list might have been able to dazzle and wow us with their ability on the ice, but they certainly weren't winning over fans (or the ladies, for that matter) because of their hair. Here are just a few of those legendary (for the wrong reasons) hairdos.
15 Ron Duguay's Frazzled Mullet
14 Wayne Gretzky's Not-So-Great Mullet
13 Mike Ricci's Elegant Flow
12 Michael Handzus' Bouncy Mop
11 Scott Hartnell's Luscious Curls
10 Larry Robinson's Mushroom Cut
9 Barry Melrose's Outdated Flow
8 Andrei Kostitsyn's Russian Touch
7 Darius Kasparaitis as Goldilocks
6 Patrick Kane's Miscalculated Mullet
5 Daniel Alfredsson's Ponytail
4 Brian McGrattan's Dyed Do
3 Mike Commodore's Ginger 'Fro
2 Bryan McCabe's Blue Mohawk
We can at least give Bryan McCabe some credit for being original. His idea though original, made him look a tad off. The blue mullet he wore awhile back during a Leafs playoff run was simply awful. So why did he wear it?
"My wife. She pushed me into the Mohawk. I liked it actually, I would have kept it for a while, but Mohawks started popping out all over the place and it was out before it was in. Now, I'm a little bald, so there is nothing left that I can do." (via ESPN.com)
1 Al Iafrate's "Skullet"
As nice as it would have been to be original for this piece by going with a new name at the top, it's hard to beat Al Iafrate's "Skullet" look, which has landed at the top of best and worst hockey hairstyles for a number of years. While the "flow" was there, the bald spot right in the middle of two sets of hair that could stand alone just throws everything off. While it was Iafrate's trademark, you'd be hard pressed to catch anyone else who would willingly replicate that look.
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