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.
2010-11 Score - Sidney Crosby
So, Sidney Crosby returned to the NHL tonight. Of course, this event was overhyped in Canada. CBC decided to cover the game nationally at the last minute, and every major news and sport news agency was all over it. For most of the game, of the top ten Twitter Trends in Canada, five or six related to this hockey game in Pittsburgh. So, basically, the hockey-loving Canadian stereotype was perpetuated in a significant way throughout the evening.
In other news, the New York Islanders were relevant today. You know, in the way that the Winnipeg Jets used to be relevant because Wayne Gretzky scored on them a lot. The Islanders will also be relevant for a second time this week on Wednesday for looking just awful on the ice.
Most importantly, through all the talk about concussions, headshots, fighting and protecting superstars, Sidney Crosby scored two goals, including the game winner, and two assists. He also posted a plus three rating and won 14 of 21 faceoffs, all in under 15 minutes of ice time, leading to a solid night for my fantasy hockey team. Like I said, this is the most important thing. Why this is not being reported in “mainstream media,” I will never fully understand.
One thing is certain: the NHL is a better place today than it was yesterday. Welcome back, 87.