"I didn't wear it for the protection. It was almost why do you wear gloves, why do you wear pads? For me, it was like I didn't know any other way to play hockey other than with my helmet. I grew up in an era where helmets were mandatory as a kid and it just didn't make any sense to take it off because it wasn't anything cumbersome that I needed to get rid of."
"Hockey players are like any other athletes, they get attached to certain things and they had good success and the helmet for me and I actually had a couple of items I kept for a long period of time but I think it is just a comfort zone more than anything else," Goring recalled.
Today's featured jersey is a 1972-73 Los Angeles Kings Butch Goring jersey as worn the season Goring received his only penalty of the year halfway through the final game of the season.
The Kings began play in 1967 with gold jerseys with single color purple numbers, which became two color numbers in 1969-70 with the addition of white outlines, which was also added to the front crest at the same time. Names on the back of the gold jerseys would arrive in 1970-71. The following season the purple stripe on the gold jerseys would move down to the very bottom of the jersey, which would eliminate the gold stripe which previously existed beneath it. The Kings jerseys would exist in this configuration until being replaced after the 1979-80 season.
After starting life in the NHL in 1972-73 with very similar blue jerseys only with orange numbers and a lace-up collar, the Islanders reversed the colors of their numbers for the 1973-74 season, now white with a blue outline. For the 1977-78 season, the ends of the sleeves were no longer white and the collar style now became a v-neck. Finally, in 1978-79, the single orange arm stripe now had a narrower white one added directly above it and the waist stripes were finally changed to match the arms.
This style jersey would be the one worn for all of the Stanley Cup championships of their dynasty of the early 1980s and would remain in use through the 1994-95 season until it gave way to the ill-fated Fisherman jersey.
In 1998-99 the Islander brought their classic jerseys back, now modernized with a darker shade of blue and three color numbers, but still very much in the look of their beloved cup winning jerseys. These lasted through the 2006-07 season until their look was redone for the introduction of the Reebok Edge jerseys for 2007-08.
For the 2008-09 season, their 1973-74 jerseys were the inspiration for their new throwback alternate jersey, which then became the team's primary home jersey for the 2010-11 season, now paired with a white road version, and remain in use through today.
Extra bonus jersey: Today's extra bonus jersey is a 1980 NHL All-Star Butch Goring jersey as worn the season Goring won his first of four Stanley Cups.
The NHL first used this style of All-Star jersey back in 1973. It was used through the 1981 season with the exception of 1979 when a different style was worn for a two game series when the NHL All-Stars took on the Soviet Union National Team. The eight years of use for this style of jersey for the All-Star Game is a thing of the past, as no style since then has been used for more than four years and no style has been worn more than twice since 1998.
Today's video selection is the Islander celebrating their 1981 championship, which includes the presentation of the Conn Smythe Trophy to Butch Goring.