The 20 Best Missing Teeth Photos in NHL History

Brad Kurtzberg@@sealshockeyContributor IDecember 17, 2012

The 20 Best Missing Teeth Photos in NHL History

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    The toothless grin is as big a part of hockey culture as lacing up your skates or raising your stick to celebrate after your team scores a goal.

    The tradition goes way back. Former Rangers captain Vic Hadfield used to play a prank on his teammates back in the early 1970s by switching up their dentures and bridges while they were out on the ice so the players had to figure out who had whose teeth.

    Hockey players wear their missing teeth almost like a badge of honor. It shows how tough and fearless they are and how much they sacrifice for the good of their team.

    Here's a look at the best missing teeth photos in NHL history. Feel free to add your own to the list, as there are plenty to choose from. Please link whenever possible, and have fun with these.

Dave Scatchard

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    We'll start with steady Dave Scatchard, who played for six NHL clubs during his career.

    Scatchard is shown here with the Phoenix Coyotes showing off the typical missing front teeth look. He wears it well, and notice it doesn't stop him from smiling.

Chris Conner

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    Journeyman Chris Connor has played in 147 career NHL games for the Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

    Here, he shows off his dental work in a Dallas Stars uniform.

    Conner has scored 17 goals and 43 points in 147 career NHL games.

Alex Burrows

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    Alex Burrows has established himself as a consistent goal scorer in the NHL, topping the 25-goal mark in each of the last four seasons.

    His best year was 2009-10, when he scored 35 goals and 67 points.

    But even goal scorers aren't immune from losing their front teeth in hockey. Here, Burrows shows off his missing "Chicklets."

Matt Cooke

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    Matt Cooke hasn't always been the most popular player in the NHL, especially with opposing fans.

    Cooke's gritty style of play has earned him more than 100 penalty minutes in four NHL campaigns already and helped him lose plenty of teeth, as this photo clearly demonstrates.

Zack Stortini

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    Former Oilers forward Zack Stortini was never afraid to drop the gloves, and it shows in his smile.

    Here, during a fight against the Calgary Flames, it almost looks like Stortini is about to bite his opponent in the neck.

Duncan Keith

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    Duncan Keith made our introductory slide to this story and is shown here in a typical NHL pose: lifting the Stanley Cup with a toothless grin of triumph.

    Keith had his best season in 2009-10 with 14 goals and 69 points as he helped the Blackhawks win their first Stanley Cup since 1961. He also won the Norris Trophy that year as the league's top defenseman.

Sean Couturier

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    Philadelphia's Sean Couturier had a solid rookie season last year, scoring 13 goals and 27 points for the Flyers.

    He also lost at least one front tooth, as this photo clearly shows.

    The 20-year-old Phoenix native has a bright future in the NHL, and he seems to know it.

Erik Johnson

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    Colorado's Erik Johnson hasn't always lived up to the hype that goes along with being the top overall selection in the 2006 NHL draft, but he has proven his mettle by losing his to front teeth.

    Here, Johnson smiles for the camera in a post-game interview that shows he appreciates the joys of playing in the NHL.

Ryan Getzlaf

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    Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf has become one of the league's more gifted offensive players.

    Here, he celebrates a goal and his new smile.

    The Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007, Getzlaf's rookie season.

Dustin Brown

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    Dustin Brown plays a physical game, and it shows on his face.

    Here, the Kings captain celebrates the team's first Stanley Cup victory and shows off that winning hockey smile.

Dan Carcillo

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    As an enforcer, Dan Carcillo takes plenty of fists to the face.

    The results of his chosen occupation are shown here as he skates prior to a game last season.

Chris Neil

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    Ottawa's Chris Neil isn't afraid to mix it up in the corners or drop the gloves with any opponent.

    Neil plays with enthusiasm, as he demonstrates here against the Rangers in last year's playoffs, where he was particularly effective at getting under his opponent's skin.

Mark Messier

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    Mark Messier was a very physical hockey player early in his career, crushing opponents and throwing high elbows when the refs weren't looking.

    Here, "The Moose" shows off his winning smile that helped bring him six Stanley Cup titles during his Hall of Fame career.

Gordie Howe

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    How could any list on toothless smiles not include Gordie Howe, "Mr. Hockey?"

    Howe played in the NHL during five different decades and held nearly every career scoring mark when he retired for good at the age of 52.

    Here is a classic hockey player wearing a vintage Whalers jersey and showing off his dental work.

Keith Tkachuk

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    Keith Tkachuk played more than 1,200 NHL games for the Jets, Coyotes, Blues and Thrashers, and he never shied away from physical play.

    He scored more than 500 goals and 1,000 points in his career, including back-to-back 50 goal seasons in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

    Here, the native of Melrose, Massachusetts shows off his graying beard and winning hockey smile.

Mike Ricci

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    Mike Ricci was known as a hockey player's hockey player.

    The gritty center played in nearly 1,100 NHL games and always gave his all.

    This photo shows the toll that 16 seasons in the NHL can take on a man's face.

Ken Daneyko

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    Ken Daneyko was a tough, physical defenseman for the New Jersey Devils who never backed down from confrontation in front of his own net or when dropping the gloves.

    Daneyko played more than 1,200 games for the Devils and won three Stanley Cups in his NHL career.

    The Edmonton native had 10 seasons of 100 or more penalty minutes in his career and has the smile to prove it.

Alex Ovechkin

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    While he is known primarily for his offensive prowess and skills, Washington's Alex Ovechkin has never shied away from body checks or other physical contact.

    His smile and his nose show that "The Great Eight" loves to play the game.

Bobby Hull

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    Bobby Hull was the premier goal scorer of the 1960s, but like any player from that era, he knew the game would leave its mark on his features.

    Here, Hull grins in this famous picture after scoring his 50th goal of the season.

    While everybody remembers "The Golden Jet's" blond hair and booming shot, they forget that million dollar smile.

Bobby Clarke

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    There is no more famous image of the toothless hockey player than the Flyers' Bobby Clarke.

    Clarke's toothless grin came to symbolize hockey in the mid-'70s when "The Broad Street Bullies" fought their way to back-to-back titles in 1974 and 1975.

    Clarke was the captain of the team, and his determination helped make them the first expansion team to win a Stanley Cup.