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Who was the last player in the NHL not to wear a helmet?


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Answered 2007-10-04 01:55:04

Craig MacTavish was the last "bare-headed" NHL player. He retired after the 1996-97 season and is currently the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

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Craig MacTavish was the last NHL player to not wear a helmet. He played for the Boston Bruins from 1979-1983.


Craig MacTavish, current GM of the Oilers.


The helmet rule in the NHL was instituted for all new players entering the league in 1979. Existing players had the option to wear a helmet or not. The last NHL player to play helmetless was Craig MacTavish in 1997.



The last person was Craig Mactavish.


Craig Mactavish was the last Ranger to play without a helmet. He was part of the 1994 Stanley Cup Team. He was also the last NHL player to play without a helmet.


I have no idea who the last five players were, but the very last one was Craig MacTavish, who is the current head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. His last season was with the St. Louis Blues in 1996/97. When he retired at the end of that season he was the last player to not wear a helmet.


Yes he was the last NHL player, playing without a helmet. See: http://www.oilersheritage.com/history/dynasty_players_craigmactavish.html


Craig MacTavish was the last NHL player to play without a helmet. He played for the Edmonton Oilers during many of the Gretzky years. He also played for the New York Rangers. He spent about 7 seasons as the Edmonton Oilers head coach. He now is a regular on TV as a hockey analist mainly for NHL and International hockey.


The 1979 NHL Draft class was the first group of players who had to wear a protective helmet. Veteran players, those in the league prior to 1979 were able to continue playing without helmets. The last player in the league to play under the "helmetless grandfather clause" was Craig MacTavish in 1997.


For a while he didn't have to, but then the NHL required the use of a helmet.


Some players on the Ducks....


That distinction goes to George Owen, Boston Bruins defenseman. He had played football while in college and when he entered the NHL in 1928 he wore the same leather helmet that he had worn in college when playing football.


You can in-fact wear a full cage in the NHL. The reason why players do not wear a cage is because it obstructs vision.


1979 NHL ordered all new players to begin wearing helmets, however prior players who had signed the waiver before this date were allowed to choose. So over the years after 1979 the number of players allowed to NOT wear a helmet decreased due to the older veterans leaving the game. The last person to not wear a helmet in NHL was Craig MacTavish in 1997. He played for the St. Louis Blues.


NHL Players are required to wear Helmets for two reasons. One is if the fall, of corse. And two is because of the Hitting. One thing though is that the NHL Goaltenders do NOT need to wear a helmet. As the "NHL Rules" only said that "Goaltenders are highly suggested to wear a sort of protective helmet" which means they don't have to if they don't want to. But if they come into the game with one they must wear it during the game but if they show up without one no one can stop him from playing because of it.


the prevoes was roung bobby was the 2 to were a hemet a sko he did were a hement dude


That's a big NO, good buddy. In fact, I don't think Orr ever wore a helmet during his career.


some NHL players started to wear them in 2009 so it's likely in 2009


Yes and No, Goalies in the NHL do NOT have to wear one As the "NHL Rules" only said that "Goaltenders are highly suggested to wear a sort of protective helmet" which means they don't have to if they don't want to. But if they come into the game with one they must wear it during the game but if they show up without one no one can stop him from playing because of it. But players do.



NHL players started wearing helmets as soon as the the 1928-29 season when Boston Bruins' player George Owen wore one. However, they carried a negative stigma that they did not begin to shed until after Bill Masterson died after suffering severe brain trauma in 1968. After that players began wearing helmets more often and in 1979 the league mandated that any players who signed professional contracts after that date would be required to wear a helmet. Players already playing in the league were exempt from this new rule. Craig McTavish would be the last player to play in the NHL without a helmet, retiring after the 1996-97 season.


Although goalies used to play bare headed, in the modern NHL a goalie losing his helmet results in an immediate stoppage in play.


George Owen wore the first NHL helmet int he season of 1928-1929.


no nhl players do not wear 00 because it is not a valid number



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