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Not naming former Cap Al Iafrate on list of best sports mullets is a shame

Not naming former Cap Al Iafrate on list of best sports mullets is a shame

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.

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T.J. Oshie likes his chances if given the opportunity to hit a penalty shot to win the Stanley Cup

T.J. Oshie likes his chances if given the opportunity to hit a penalty shot to win the Stanley Cup

T..J Oshie has some experience in clutch moments when the game is on the line and his name is called.

Thursday, his name wasn't listed in a hypothetical poll on Twitter on which player fans would want to take the final shot if the Stanley Cup was on the line. A shocking omission of one of the most legendary shootout players of all-time.

Even with options such as Alex Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, and Patrick Kane, No. 77 insinuated he had a different player in mind.

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Oshie single-handedly defeated Russia at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi over six years ago.

Six times Oshie was sent to the ice in a shootout in a preliminary round match against Russia. He answered the bell four times for another legendary U.S. win over Russia.

Oshie has the fourth-most shootout goals (45) in NHL history, only trailing Kane, (47), Frans Nielsen (49), and Jonathan Toews (50).

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Alex Ovechkin among players contributing to CCM Hockey's donation of surgical masks

Alex Ovechkin among players contributing to CCM Hockey's donation of surgical masks

With surgical masks in short supply because of the coronavirus pandemic, different companies are stepping up to provide masks to the people who need them the most, the healthcare workers. CCM Hockey is among those companies and announced on Wednesday that they will be donating 500,000 surgical masks to healthcare workers.

Several NHL stars are contributing to the donation including Alex Ovechkin.

“By teaming up with our roster of CCM athletes, we will be able to play a role in the collaborative effort to get past this crisis,” CCM CEO Rick Blackshaw said in a statement on their website. “We focused on the best use of our network and our resources to have the quickest impact. Sourcing greatly needed equipment through our established supply chain partners in Asia is the most efficient way for us to support and keep our real heroes safe."

Ovechkin is listed among the players who contributed to the CCM donation.

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The other players listed are Mat Barzal, Patrice Bergeron, Brock Boeser, Dani Cameranesi, Brandon Carlo, Thomas Chabot, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Sidney Crosby, Melodie Daoust, Alex Debrincat, Brianna Decker, Matt Duchene, Matt Dumba, Marc-Andre Fleury, Filip Forsberg, Jake Gardiner, Miro Heiskanen, Filip Hronek, Jonathan Huberdeau, Seth Jones, Nathan Mackinnon, Charlie McAvoy, Connor McDavid, Artemi Panarin, Carey Price, Vladimir Tarasenko, and John Tavares.

“The CCM Pros are men and women of action," Blackshaw said. "It troubles them to feel helpless as they witness the devastating effects of this pandemic. At the core of this great sport, hockey is about courage, commitment to a higher goal, as well as to one another. It is exactly these player qualities and beliefs that will allow us to emerge stronger from this challenge.”

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