Craig MacTavish was the last "bare-headed" NHL player. He retired after the 1996-97 season and is currently the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.
Craig MacTavish was the last NHL player to not wear a helmet. He played for the Boston Bruins from 1979-1983.
Craig MacTavish, current GM of the Oilers.
The helmet rule in the NHL was instituted for all new players entering the league in 1979. Existing players had the option to wear a helmet or not. The last NHL player to play helmetless was Craig MacTavish in 1997.
Willi Plett, Brad Smith, Guy Lafleur
The last person was Craig Mactavish.
Craig Mactavish was the last Ranger to play without a helmet. He was part of the 1994 Stanley Cup Team. He was also the last NHL player to play without a helmet.
I have no idea who the last five players were, but the very last one was Craig MacTavish, who is the current head coach of the Edmonton Oilers. His last season was with the St. Louis Blues in 1996/97. When he retired at the end of that season he was the last player to not wear a helmet.
Yes he was the last NHL player, playing without a helmet. See: http://www.oilersheritage.com/history/dynasty_players_craigmactavish.html
Craig MacTavish was the last NHL player to play without a helmet. He played for the Edmonton Oilers during many of the Gretzky years. He also played for the New York Rangers. He spent about 7 seasons as the Edmonton Oilers head coach. He now is a regular on TV as a hockey analist mainly for NHL and International hockey.
For a while he didn't have to, but then the NHL required the use of a helmet.
The 1979 NHL Draft class was the first group of players who had to wear a protective helmet. Veteran players, those in the league prior to 1979 were able to continue playing without helmets. The last player in the league to play under the "helmetless grandfather clause" was Craig MacTavish in 1997.
Some players on the Ducks....
That distinction goes to George Owen, Boston Bruins defenseman. He had played football while in college and when he entered the NHL in 1928 he wore the same leather helmet that he had worn in college when playing football.
You can in-fact wear a full cage in the NHL. The reason why players do not wear a cage is because it obstructs vision.
1979 NHL ordered all new players to begin wearing helmets, however prior players who had signed the waiver before this date were allowed to choose. So over the years after 1979 the number of players allowed to NOT wear a helmet decreased due to the older veterans leaving the game. The last person to not wear a helmet in NHL was Craig MacTavish in 1997. He played for the St. Louis Blues.
the prevoes was roung bobby was the 2 to were a hemet a sko he did were a hement dude
That's a big NO, good buddy. In fact, I don't think Orr ever wore a helmet during his career.
NHL Players are required to wear Helmets for two reasons. One is if the fall, of corse. And two is because of the Hitting. One thing though is that the NHL Goaltenders do NOT need to wear a helmet. As the "NHL Rules" only said that "Goaltenders are highly suggested to wear a sort of protective helmet" which means they don't have to if they don't want to. But if they come into the game with one they must wear it during the game but if they show up without one no one can stop him from playing because of it.
some NHL players started to wear them in 2009 so it's likely in 2009