Throwback Thursday Top 10: best hockey mustaches
Since seemingly beginning
in the ice age with our founding fathers, mustaches have been a popular male facial hair. From Sean Connery to Alex Trebeck; from former Yankee Reggie Jackson to Rollie Fingers; from Little Richard to Linoel Richie; from Robert Goulet to Burt Reynolds to Family Guy’s own Peter Griffin (for one episode); the list of famous men who wear mustaches is endless.
So what better time than Movember to come up with the list of the best hockey mustaches of all time. Without further adieu, let’s get to the latest edition of the Throwback Thursday Top 10.
#10 Claude Julien
Bruins fans know him as the lovable, bald headed coach behind the bench. But there was a time where he had a full head of hair, along with a good facial expression. Here’s a pic from his playing days in the 1980’s.
Trottier was a beloved player for the New York Islanders during their dynasty in the early 1980’s. His stache isn’t as revered as his game, but the fact that he kept it throughout his career puts Trottier on this list.
#8 Pat Burns
The legendary hockey coach finally got his recognition as one of the all-time greats and will be enshrined into the Hockey Hall of Fame this weekend in Toronto. The late Burns will be remembered for his fierce competitiveness behind the bench in Montreal, Boston, Toronto and New Jersey. His mustache wasn’t as bushy as some on the list, but it was a staple of Bruns during his coaching career.
#7 Larry Robinson
The former Devils coach, Habs great and Hockey Hall of Famer gets bonus points for creativity.
#6 Bill Clement
From his playing days with the Flyers, to his time in the broadcast booth, one thing has remained the same for Bill Clement: that mustache of his. It’s still bushy and thick years later:
#5 Derek Sanderson
The top Bruin on the list was quite the character during his playing days. Sanderson, who provided color commentary for the late, great, Fred Cusick during the 80’s and 90’s, still has the mustache to this day. But the mustache he had during the Big Bad Bruins era of the 1970’s just added to his entertaining personality, both on and off the ice.
#4 Joel Quennville
Another guy who’s stache has garnered a life of its own, Quennville is the highest coach – past and present – on the list. The fact that it also has it’s own Twitter account deserves bonus points.
We lead in shots but not goals. This is like having a glorious mustache … that is ingrown.
— Coach Q’s mustache (@CoachQsMustache) November 12, 2014
#3 Wendel Clark
The former Maple Leafs captain wasn’t shy about dropping the gloves and getting his hands dirty in front of the net. As a face of the franchise for a long time, Clark made sure his mustache was groomed properly, especially if he displayed a few laughs.
#2 George Parros
Maybe he’s feared because of his presence as an enforcer, that is whenever he gets ice time. Maybe it’s his porn-star like mustache that is feared.
Parros’ bushy facial hair is just the right length and it fits the mold as a top hockey mustache.
#1 Lanny McDonald
No way would Lanny McDonald be left off anyone’s list as one of the best hockey mustaches of all time. In fact, McDonald’s mustache deserves it’s own chapter in a book of the best hockey mustaches of all time.
McDonald’s mustache had it all, length, bushiness, and a life of its own. And the fact that he capped off his career as a Stanley Cup champion with the Calgary Flames is just the icing on the cake.