Red Heads, Lefties and the NHL

Red Heads, Lefties and the NHL

With only 2% of people in the world with red hair, it sometimes surprises me to see so many NHL players with the distinctive rusty red flow and beard to match. Anecdotally it doesn’t seem like other major sports have as many of these fair skinned bad asses.  So what make red heads gravitate toward playing hockey? Well there’s this…

Red-Heads and Left-Handedness

Recessive traits often happen in pairs so it is not uncommon for people with the gene for red hair to also possess the trait for left-handedness. And being left handed can actually be an advantage in hockey. Believe it or not left handed players tend to have a slightly faster path to the NHL. (More about Lefties and Hockey)

So it stands to reason that if you’re red headed there is a good chance you’re a leftie. And if you’re a leftie you would likely find right sided shots easier and potentially score more quickly as a youth. And once a kid gets the that hockey-high of scoring, it becomes easier to ride out the frustrating part of mastering the sport.

Fire Signs and Red Headsred-headed-allocation

The layperson might assume that a player with fiery red locks would be a Fire Sign – Leo, Aries, or Sagittarius. Guess again. After analyzing the current stand-out red heads in the NHL we were surprised to see that NONE of them were Fire Signs.

Red heads who break into the NHL bring an understated and even-tempered energy to the sport. Earth, Water and Air signs bring a mix of hardworking thinkers who embody loyalty. In fact, they aren’t the ego driven players. More often red headed players are more about their teams than they are their own ego. They support, complement and don’t feel the need to showboat. They may get chirpy or moody on the ice, but off the ice, they are humble and gracious.

Bottomline…every team needs a red head or two to offset the aggro energy of fiery Leos, Aries and Sagittarius. We can leave the egos and blowups to the blondes and brunettes.

Here’s 20 of Our Favorite NHL Red Headed Players:


1. Henrik and Daniel Sedin

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Libras, C & LW, Vancouver Canucks

2. Patrick Kane

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Scorpio, RW, Chicago Blackhawks

3. Matt Greene

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Taurus, D, LA Kings

4. Joe Pavelski

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Cancer, C, San Jose Sharks

5. Cody Eakin

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Gemini, C, Dallas Stars

6. Claude Giroux

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Capricorn, C, Philadelphia Flyers

7. Brock McGinn

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Aquarius, LW, Carolina Hurricanes


8. Matt Calvert

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Capricorn, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets

9. Marc Staal

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Capricorn, D, New York Rangers

10. Duncan Keith

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Cancer, D, Chicago Blackhawks

11. Scott Wilson

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Taurus, LW, Pittsburgh Penguins

12. James Reimer

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Pisces, G, Florida Panthers

13. Jaccob Slavin

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Taurus, D, Carolina Hurricanes

14. Gustav, Nyquist

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Virgo, RW, Detroit Red Wings

15. Eric Staal

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Scorpio, LW, Minnesota Wild

16. Drake Caggiula

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Cancer, D, Edmonton Oilers

17. Dougie Hamilton

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Gemini, D, Calgary Flames

18. Cory Schneider

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Pisces, G, NJ Devils

19. Cody McLeod

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Aquarius, LW, Nashville Predators

20. Paul Martin

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Pisces, D, San Jose Sharks

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