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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:


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

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


-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


-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.

Fantastic Fashions – The Jofa

22 Jan

1995-96 Topps - Pat Verbeek

There is nothing to call this other than The Jofa.  Everyone will know what you mean.

It’s not cool like The Gretzky Jofa, or even cult-cool like The Arturs Irbe.  This is just a spectacular monstrosity of an ugly helmet that should never have seen the light of day.  Mario Lemieux should be ashamed.

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