BRIGHTON, Mass – It was obvious that something was different with Jake DeBrusk from the very first moment he was spotted at Bruins captain’s practice last week.
DeBrusk, 22, was sporting a magnificent mane flowing out from underneath his helmet when he was first spotted at Warrior Ice Arena, and he made sure it was primped and featured when the Bruins players sat down for training camp photo and video shoots this week.
DeBrusk’s mullet screams out hockey player, of course, even if it also screams out “hockey player from another era” when you get right down to it.
But that’s the point, apparently.
DeBrusk finally talked about his hockey hair following the first day of on-ice sessions Friday at training camp and admitted that the mullet is actually an homage to the look that his dad Louie rocked as an NHL player back in the 1990s.
“It's looking like a full-grown mullet. My dad had it one year when he played. I remember there was a hockey card I always used to see when he played where he was buzzing around with a mullet in warmups,” said DeBrusk “I thought I might as well give it a try. I’m getting mixed reviews on it, though, so we'll see how long I keep it. That’s about it. Straightaway it doesn’t look the best, so I will definitely be cutting it at some point this year.
“There was one hockey card and a couple of fights on YouTube if you want to see it where [Louie Debrusk] had the full-grown. It was worse than mine. I don’t know if I could ever catch that. It looks like I have a receding hairline a bit, so I’ve got to figure that one out.”
It seems fair that his dad got the full hockey helmet of hair capable of the beautiful mullet, and the son got the goal-scoring ability with 27 goals for the Bruins last season as a second-year left winger. All hair jokes aside, continuing to be an offense producer will be the focus for DeBrusk this coming season – along with keeping his teammates entertained with his throwback hockey hair choice to start this season.
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