On Wednesday, former Capitals forward and current NHL elder statesman Jaromir Jagr turns 45 years old.
In honor of his birthday, ESPN put together a video of some of the best mullets in sports, because — after all — Jaromir Jagr was the purveyor of one of the finest mullets in sports history.
The video includes the likes of tennis icon Andre Agassi, Bryan, Bosworth, Wayne Gretzky, Randy Johnson, Jared Allen, Roy Nelson, John Kruk, and Barry Melrose, which are all good if not great choices.
But we noticed one major omission with local ties: Cult Capitals hero Al Iafrate.
Iafrate played for the Capitals from 1990 until 1994, appearing in three All-Star games. He was regarded as having the hardest and fastest slap shot in the NHL, and was among of of the fastest skaters as well.
And even in the height of the "Mullet Era" of the late 80's and early 90's, Iafrate had what many considered — and still consider — one of hockey's finest mullets.
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There is just so much to love about Iafrate's mullet.
The "business in the front" is a bit patchy, which makes it a unique loo, and he makes up for the bald spot with an incredible ammount of "party in the back."
Iafrate personified the late 80's and early 90's NHL: He lived his life hard and fast, both on and off the ice and had the look to match.
As great as Gretzky was as a player, his mullet was not even in the same stratosphere as Iafrate's.
We may never see another mullet quite like his and it deserves proper recognition.
BONUS: We dug up a picture of CSN analyst and former Capitals' enforcer Alan May, who like Iafrate, had a glorious mullet.