Beginning in 1979, the National Hockey League required all players to wear helmets. But if a player had signed his first professional contract before this ruling, he was allowed to play without a helmet if he so desired.
Craig MacTavish was the last player to do so, playing without a helmet up until his retirement in 1997.
Guy Lafleur and Rod Langway came in at a close second and third, both taking advantage of the League’s grandfather clause.
Jacques Plante can be credited with starting the trend of face protection at the top of the sport. After taking a puck to the face in 1959, Jacques came back to the ice wearing the mask he used in training, and so began an important change in attitudes towards head protection.
I mean just consider some of the NHL’s greatest smiles
Bobby Hull was one of the best players in NHL history, with some of the worst teeth to go along with it. No matter how many achievements the hall of famer had throughout his career, he just couldn't keep his teeth in his mouth. (Source: Twitter)
Dustin Brown was the captain during the Los Angeles Kings two Stanley Cup Championship teams in 2012 and 2014. He's no longer the captain, partially because that he kinda sucks, but also because they realized they can't have a guy with no teeth as their captain anymore. Okay I made that last part up, but I wouldn't blame the Kings if that was their reason for taking away the "C" on his sweater. (Source: Twitter)
The lone goalie on our list is none other than USA-born Ben Bishop. He's the only goalie on our list because I have no idea how he got his teeth knocked out; goalies wear masks that cover up their entire faces. Regardless, toothless Ben cracks our list. (Source: Twitter)
I'm starting to see a trend with some of the recent guys on the list, and it's that they have absolutely no skills at all, and are just big dumb jack asses looking to start fights on the ice. Oh yeah, and they're missing all of their teeth. Stortini is no different from the other idiots of his kind on the list. (Source: Twitter)
Last but certainly not least, old man Kenny Daneyko. Now unlike some of the guys on this list, Daneyko was actually a pretty solid player who spent his entire with the New Jersey Devils. During that time, he helped them win three Stanley Cups, racked up a ton of penalty minutes, got his jersey retired by the team, and lost all of his teeth. Not a bad career I must say. (Source: Twitter)