NHL Mandates Mullets for Players, Cites Fairness as CauseBy Grant Beery • Apr 1st, 2008 • Category: Daily Deke, Hockey
In keeping with the recent tradition of rule tweaks and equipment mandates, the NHL and their competition committee has stated today that, starting with the 2008-2009 season, a mullet haircut will be required by all players with the ability to grow hair.
“The mullet has always been a part of hockey. It’s also become quite a distraction on the ice, however. So, instead of trying to eliminate the haircut, we have decided that ALL players will be required to have their business in the front, and their parties in the back. It’s only fair.” - Colin Campbell, Director of Hockey Operations
“Mullets are an unfortunate tradition of hockey that right now carry a lot of weight on the ice. Today’s rule change should help take away the power they have.” - Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner
Many players have spoken out on the new change. While some are unaffected by the ruling due to their cueball status, the majority seem unenthusiastic about the idea.
“I’m a fantastic looking guy! This is going to be horrible for my image!” - Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
However, there are a few players that are jumping on the chance to change their look.
“This is truly exciting! I’ve been looking for a good reason to grow my hair out again!” - Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
While the rule will not take effect until the beginning of the 2008-2009 season, an early announcement was deemed necessary in order to give players enough time to grow their hair. A grace period of one month will be given to players at the beginning of the season, then suspensions and fines will be handed out. Specifics on length and styles restrictions will be announced at the end of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A video of the press conference can be found here.