Who was the person to use the very first hockey helmet has no definitive answer.
Many people will credit Jack Crawford, a Boston Bruins defenseman in the 1940s, pictured to the right.
If you think that that is a very primitive looking helmet, don't worry. Crawford did not wear the head gear for protection, but rather because he was very vain about his bald head.
I recently learned of what is believed to be the earliest recorded use of a helmet, although it was not used by a player.
In the 1905 Stanley Cup series between Ottawa and Rat Portage, referee Mike Green wore a lid in order to protect himself from the physical play.
By the way, the first use of a hockey visor is much more clear. That innovation goes to Greg Neeld, who briefly played in the World Hockey Association.