The league's list of those who would opt out of wearing a helmet for the 1979-80 season is lengthy. In fact, it's far longer than I thought it would ever be after Bill Masterton's tragic death in 1969. The NHL compiled a list that went three pages long in three columns organized in teams! Some teams appear to have almost every roster player on it while others have less players. The more memorable names are all on there: Brad Marsh, Doug Wilson, Harold Snepsts, and Guy Lafleur. Missing from the list? Craig MacTavish. Weirdly included for some teams? Goaltenders. All in all, it's an interesting list.
Here's the three pages of the no-bucket list. Peruse as you see fit, and click to expand!
The list is pretty large considering there were 21 teams in 1979. I would have thought that more teams would have encouraged their players to adopt a helmet for safety after Bill Masterton's passing, but it looks like it didn't matter if you were a star or a grinder when it came to wearing helmets - if you hadn't worn one, you didn't start. What are your thoughts on the list? Does anything stand out? Sound off in the comments!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!