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Henry Boucha And His Headband

from Ken Reid of Sportsnet,

Boucha’s hair got a little longer once he was done with the U.S. national team. He soon found himself in the NHL playing for the Detroit Red Wings, where he got rid of his helmet. Next thing you know, his hair was in his eyes, sweat dripping into his contacts. He was a speedy player on the ice, often playing on a checking line. When you’re trying to keep pace with Yvan Cournoyer on a sticky night at the Forum, a man has to see, and look good while doing so (it was the 70s). Enter the headband.

“One of my friends ... a tennis club member said ‘Why don’t you try one of these tennis headbands. It might keep the hair out of your eyes.’ It’s a sweatband, so realistically that’s how I started wearing it.”

Advantage Boucha.

Of course, Boucha knew he would take a little heat in the hockey world for his new found sense of style.

“I think I wore it the first time against Pittsburgh,” Boucha said. “I had worked with Bugsy Watson and Gordie Howe at a hockey school the summer before. Bugsy came up to me. He’s kind of old school. And he says ‘Oh my God, take that thing off.’ I just kind of laughed about it. It kind of caught on after that.”

We sure are lucky it did. Boucha ignored the odd shriek of “HIPPY” from the stands and rolled with the headband. He says his native heritage helped him rock the look. And rock it he did, no matter where he played. Different team, different headband, no problem.



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Vladimir16's avatar


Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/21/12 at 10:19 AM ET

yzer19man's avatar

Great article, thanks for posting Paul. I’m a big fan of Henry Boucha as I used to live in the northern Minnesota area where he is from. Best highschool hockey player to ever play in Minnesota and that is saying alot.

Posted by yzer19man from Chicago, IL on 06/21/12 at 01:10 PM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

I remember Boucha.  I don’t think he ever won a fight, but never turned one down.  Like Keith Magnuson .
He would come out of the box after losing a fight and go right after the same guy and lose again.

Terrible the way his career ended with the eye injury.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 06/21/12 at 02:19 PM ET

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