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Fantastic Fashions – Pittsburgh Penguins Jaw Protection

22 May
1992-93 O-Pee-Chee - Rick Tocchet

1992-93 O-Pee-Chee – Rick Tocchet

Lately, ever since he broke his jaw, it’s been pretty obvious to notice that Sidney Crosby has something wrong with his helmet.  Something to do with protecting the injury.

What has been lost in all of this is that the same thing happened to Rick Tocchet back during the Penguins’ second Stanley Cup run in 1991-92.  Sure, they say it wasn’t as bad as Sid’s, but Tocchet did fight Kris King right after returning.  What are you doing, Sid?  Leading the league in playoff goals?  Alright, whatever.

Here’s my question – which jaw-protecting helmet was better?  I’d say there are pros and cons to each, and it’s pretty tough to decide:

Tocchet:

Pros:
-Jaw protector matches helmet colour
-Tough factor with no visor and limited facial coverage
-Open-faced motorcycle helmet cool

Cons:
-Jaw protector attached to awful early 1990’s Jofa helmet
-That is the only con needed

Crosby:

Pros:
-Appears to provide actual protection for a player with a history of head injuries
-Not attached to awful early 1990’s Jofa helmet
-Cage-style design allows for easier communication with teammates and coaches

Cons:

-Appears to be part of ill-fated Itech full face shield
-Might as well just wear ill-fated Itech full face shield
-Cage-style design allows for easier communication with officials

Realistically, if I was going to rock one of these, it would probably be Tocchet’s, even though it’s just hideous.  I like to kick it old school, what can I tell you.

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Fantastic Fashions – 1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks

5 Oct

1992-93 O-Pee-Chee - Jocelyn Lemieux

Sometimes when I talk about Fantastic Fashions I’m not being sarcastic.  During the NHL’s 75th anniversary in 1991-92, the Original Six teams all wore vintage jerseys during the season.  There were hits (Boston, Detroit, and Toronto), and there were misses (Montreal and New York).  The Chicago Blackhawks, though, really hit the nail on the head with theirs.

In this 1992-93 O-Pee-Chee card, Jocelyn Lemieux sports the 75th anniversary jersey, making retro cool years before the old school craze really hit.

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