You’ve never met a sport where losing your teeth is considered a “badge of honor,” but in hockey, it is! Dozens of hockey players have lost their pearly whites on the rink. Blame it on the fist fights on center ice. Or the rogue puck flying through the air. And then there are the players who lost their teeth from a high stick. No matter the reason, the result of seeing a space in between hockey players’ teeth is epic.
Losing Teeth Is Pretty Common
Hockey is a fast-paced, physical sport that requires players to be tough and fearless. They have to be willing to put their bodies and faces on the line for the sake of the game. One of the most common injuries suffered by hockey players is dental trauma. An informal say of saying that is, hockey players break a lot of teethies! In fact, it’s not uncommon to see players on the ice with gaps in their smiles, a testament to the toll that this sport can take on the body.
My husband, Rob Bellamy, played hockey for many years, and I’m grateful he still has his teeth. But if he didn’t I would still love him!
Dental Risks Are Worth It
Despite the risks, many hockey players continue to play without mouth guards or cages on their helmets to cover their faces (like the women do). While losing teeth may be seen as a badge of honor for some hockey players, the reality is that it’s a serious issue that should be taken seriously.
The only people not complaining about losing teeth are the hockey players themselves, and the dentists who clearly make lots of money when they’re asked to make new dentures for them!
So sit back, relax, and take a look at some of the most famous hockey players who have lost their teeth playing the game that they love the most.