September 16, 2008

Top Ten Mustaches In Hockey History

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays. I asked for reader suggestions as to possible top 10 subjects, and this was my favorite one: Top Ten Mustaches In Hockey History.

#10. Paul MacLean. He was the bushy lipped triggerman for Dale Hawerchuk in Winnipeg. Now he's an assistant coach in Detroit. Here's the then and now.


#9 Dennis Maruk. Not only did Dennis Maruk lead the Washington Capitals with 60 goals and 136 points in the 1981-82 season, but he had the best mustache. In the 1980s Washington was a team with a few good mustaches - think Rod Langway and Mike Gartner.

#8 - No that isn't Tom Selleck. It's Bill Clement of ESPN/NBC/Versus fame. His mustache is probably more famous on television broadcasts than it was on the ice. Oh, and it was lookin' real good in that bug spray commercial where they stuck him in that tent full of buzzing mosquitos.

#7. Garth Boesch of the 1940s Toronto Maple Leafs had one of the earliest mustaches in hockey history.

#6. I'll always have a soft spot for Harold Snepsts. I remember after the Canucks traded him away the fans would still chant his name. Hey, Canucks fans in the 80s had to entertain themselves on many nights.
#5. Hey who said the best mustache in hockey contest was reserved just for the players. Referee Bill McCreary needs to be included here. In this picture Sidney Crosby is asking him how he grew such a nice 'stache.

#4. Clear the track, here comes Shack! Eddie Shack, known as Eddie the Entertainer, has become synonymous with his facial hair, although more so in retirement than as a player.


#3. George Parros, believe it or not he is a Princeton graduate, is the NHL's reigning mustache champion. He gets bonus points because Snoop Dog is his biggest fan.


#2. Wendel Clark was an amazingly physical player when played. That led to a lot of injuries, including one time where he actually sprained his handlebar mustache.

#1. Could there be any other choice for best mustache than Lanny McDonald? In the minds of many his mustache ranks among the best in all of sports history, competing with the likes of Rollie Fingers and Hulk Hogan.


Update: Did you know that November has been renamed Movember? Movember is when men grow mustaches in support of raising awareness and funds to fight prostate cancer. 8 members of the Edmonton Oilers are participating. Visit Movember.com and consider ways you can contribute to fighting prostate cancer.

20 comments:

Steve said...

I'd like to think that Dave Babych deserves a runner up award here. He sure rocked the stache!

Andrea said...

Ummm, Derek Sanderson?

mjm said...

c'mon Mickey Redmond was at least as good as Ruskowski

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Going Five Hole said...

this could possibly be the best post ever.

great job joe.

JP said...

The Caps definitely have a storied history of 'staches.

Anonymous said...

I don't know a lot about hockey history, but this list kicked all kinds of hiney. However, I totally disagree with your choice for #1. Ok, I am lying. I want him to adopt me.

Aaron said...

Maybe George Parros should be nominated for the "Robert Goulet Mustached American of the Year" award. You can submit him here: http://www.americanmustacheinstitute.org/MustacheAmericanOfYear.aspx

Mojo Tooth said...

Omissions of Dave Babych and Dave Tippett make me want to cry. Ah, well...

Motorhead said...

What about Rosie LaRose from "Strange Brew"? He ain't NHL, but he sure is hockey!

Anonymous said...

Needs more Jamie Macoun.

Anonymous said...

a fine list.. kudos for the person who thought this up.. my question concerns Snoop.. did somebody ink that stasch on him, or was he wearing a clip on when the picture was taken??

ps i agree with anoynmous #1 rocks!!

Bob Roberts said...

Bang on Andrea -- The Turk had a great one! Maybe everyone's too young to remember him? Haarrroollldd is there, though.

Down Goes Brown said...

We want us some Motor City Smitty.

Anonymous said...

Mike Mcphee was robbed!

Eighty-Two said...

I think Bryan Trottier has to be on this list!

He was definitely the best player in history to have a stache.

Clair Bear said...

This post is fantastic and everything I've ever wanted in a blog. Thank you, sir. Thank you. Anyone seen Krecji's new stache? I haven't but I hear it's good.

listings said...

Charlie Simmer!

James Benesh said...

Good list, although so many more names could have been mentioned. Jamie Macoun, for sure.

Jonathon Jackson said...

You missed Johnny Upton of the Charlestown Chiefs. ;

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Forklift said...

No love for Dirk Graham? Michel Goulet? Joel Quenneville?

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