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Posted at 9:56 AM ET, 01/14/2011

Al Iafrate's Skullet was magnificent

By Dan Steinberg


A few of my closest online friends noticed Friday morning that the Caps had posted a video of former Cap Al Iafrate winning the 1993 NHL all-star game fastest shot competition with a 105-mph whopper. More importantly, they also noticed that this featured video of him flying around the ice with his liberated skullet flapping in the breeze.

I've frequently talked about athletes who would have made blog icons were they around today, guys like Dexter Manley and Rod Strickland. Well, add Iafrate to the mix. If you're unfamiliar with his legend, among other things, he lit intermission cigarettes with a blowtorch, rode Harleys onto TV sets, gave himself a tattoo of an arrow pointing to a rainbow in 20 minutes, got another tattoo of Crazy Horse because "I don't believe in betraying people, and Indians were betrayed," wouldn't wear socks under his skates, walked around his home wearing nothing but Cowboy boots, said he'd rather own 10 Harleys than a $100,000 Mercedes, and revealed that he bit his calluses because he liked the way they tasted. That's based on like five minutes of research.

Also, he had the best skullet in world history.






By Dan Steinberg  | January 14, 2011; 9:56 AM ET
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Comments

I'm glad there's at least one person with good-tasting calluses.

Posted by: mike8 | January 14, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I dated a girl who loved this guy, although the posters of him in her room always had his helmet on, wonder why?

Posted by: rjhartman74 | January 14, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I remember as a kid I was in the hotel lobby in NYC when the Caps arrived the night before a game. After the team filed upstairs, Iafrate came right back down...bought a pack of cigs, lit it up, and hopped a cab presumably to some bar. Pretty sure we lost the next night.

Posted by: HogsHaven | January 14, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

If he and Michael Bolton played tennis, they'd make a great doubles team.

Posted by: mike8 | January 14, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

big al was also the guy that when on a breakaway with an empty net he fired the puck into the corner and when asked about it in an interview after the game said something to the effect that empty net goals are for sissys!!!

he was truly classic!!!

long live the skullet!!!

Posted by: deadskin | January 14, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

big al was also the guy that when on a breakaway with an empty net he fired the puck into the corner and when asked about it in an interview after the game said something to the effect that empty net goals are for sissys!!!

he was truly classic!!!

long live the skullet!!!

Posted by: deadskin | January 14, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Dan-
and he was an American player.

Posted by: Hattrik | January 14, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Al Iafrate, placed in the modern Caps lineup, would be the King of the Bog. He had the perfect combination of eccentricity and the right level of self-awareness (enough to know he was really weird, but not enough to reign it in).

During Iafrate's era, my mom was the office manager of a storage facility that rented Ryder moving trucks. Iafrate came in to rent a truck for some reason. He smoked 2 cigarettes in the time it took to fill out the small amount of paperwork, and his casual swearing, according to my mom, "just seemed so natural." What she meant was that it would have been weirder for him to not be swearing throughout the truck-rental process (a process that, while not totally joyful, is not usually one to draw out more than one or two muttered obscenities). Someone working there said he wasn't allowed to smoke inside, and he just paused, made eye contact, and then resumed smoking and filling out the paperwork. In other words, it went exactly as you might have expected.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 14, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Dan, many, if not most, hockey players don't wear socks with their skates, especially in the higher levels.

Posted by: MACCHAMPS04 | January 14, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

bring back the mullet cam at Caps games!!

Posted by: aw21 | January 14, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | January 14, 2011 12:21 PM

Brock_Landers says hello.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 14, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

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