Breaking: Manny Malhotra used to have awesome hair

Everyone knows what Manny Malhotra looks like: bald and beautiful. He’s been rocking the chrome dome for over 8 years, so it’s easy to assume that he’s just always been bald, like Patrick Stewart. I just assumed that he’s been shaving his head ever since he was a kid, or that his head simply never produced hair longer than a millimetre.

Nope. Turns out, Manny used to have hair. And not just any hair: awesome hair.

Back when Manny was a fresh-faced 22-year-old with the Dallas Stars, he had a full head of hair. And, what’s more: he had corn rows.

Brian Bahr, Getty Images

This proves, of course, that Edward Norton was a die hard Dallas Stars fan back in 2002, waiting 9 years to co-opt Manny’s style for the movie Stone.

Now that’s some fantastic hair, but it gets better. You see, Malhotra wasn’t the quiet and reserved guy that we know now from his days in Vancouver. Back in his early 20′s, Manny was a wild and crazy dude. He wasn’t content with your basic, run-of-the-mill corn rows. He had to get fancy.

Victor Decolongon, Getty Images

Oh man. Are you freaking out? Because I’m freaking out. That, my friends, is awesome hair. That’s heading into Alicia Keys territory.

But it doesn’t end there. No, we have one more stage of Manny’s mane to witness. Behold! AFRO-MANNY!

Ian Tomlinson, Getty Images

I swear, that isn’t photoshopped. That is pure, unadulterated Afro-Manny. He looks like he should be fighting Han to the death instead of taking defensive zone faceoffs.

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24 comments

  1. Nee
    March 13, 2012

    Next thing you’ll be telling me Salo used to have hair, thus ruining my mental image of him as the eternal Father Time.

    Is the Easter Bunny not real either? Huh?!

    /weeps

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    • Bieksler
      March 23, 2012

      Behold, Salo with hair.

      http://www.peoples.ru/sport/hockey/sami_salo/salo_1.jpeg

      But that is definitely NOT an afro.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        March 23, 2012

        It’s the beginnings of an afro. It’s like a baby afro.

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      • Ed Lau
        March 25, 2012

        …that’s Hansen.

        Words can barely describe how awesome Afro-Manny is. Like waffles and bacon at the same time.

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    • Erica
      March 24, 2012

      This is Sami with…some…hair. http://i.a.cnn.net/si/images/hockey/nhl/players/1755.jpg

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  2. akidd
    March 13, 2012

    i remember corn row manny. saw a dallas game back in the west coast express days. in warm-ups i wondered who the speed demon was? he not only looked good, he was the fastest guy out there, or at least the only guy trying.

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  3. Chicky
    March 13, 2012

    *stares blatently at computer unbelievingly*

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    • shoes
      March 13, 2012

      hahahahahahaha

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  4. V
    March 13, 2012

    If I couldn’t see the “Malhotra” faintly on the back of the first jersey, I’d have trouble believing it was him.

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  5. Zach Morris
    March 13, 2012

    looks like a rapper, I wonder why Atlanta didn’t pick him up?

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    • Zach Morris
      March 13, 2012

      “Young Manny” would be a great rapper name

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      • tj
        March 13, 2012

        Which would naturally transcend into a Community Manny project entitled “Rappin’ wit’ da kids!” There’d be a parent-approved rap about the pressures of fitting a round peg into a square hole, “Be-be-be Be yo’self.”

        Oh, boy. This Hobgoblin’s getting to me.

        (Btw, and I’m not sure if this is a confession or boast, but I used to work the a salon that was responsible for 90% of the Jheri-curl ‘dos in Vancouver, back in the day. That *h*t’s coming back into style too! I say: Think it through, people. Think it through. Not a good look, imo. But the old-skool ‘fro is! I wonder, if he wasn’t constrained by helmets and the dreaded helmet head, would he have grown that ‘fro out past Willis and into Lenny Kravitz-not-Ludacris territory).

        I want cool hair.

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  6. Steve
    March 13, 2012

    Yeah, I bic my head to. This piece confirms for me that some people look better with no hair.

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  7. superreggie
    March 13, 2012

    Manny is a Black Man! YES! Canucks just won some serious cool points…

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  8. Ibitz
    March 13, 2012

    Forget the feel-good stories. Just win some games.

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  9. Cody
    March 13, 2012

    My god…. It’s full of hair..

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  10. ben
    March 13, 2012

    Check out Rome’s from his LA days
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YxqnARrAStE/TtAcRTAErCI/AAAAAAAAAgc/12Lfmvf-9LU/s1600/Rome3.jpg

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    • Nee
      March 13, 2012

      OH GOD MY EYES!!!!

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    • cathylu
      March 14, 2012

      Okay, I wasn’t expecting Blonde-Rome.

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    • J21
      March 14, 2012

      Wow… wow. I feel Rome must have gone from surfer dude to “9th grade social studies teacher” pretty much overnight. I’ll bet his friends tell him “He used to be so cool” and wonder what happened.

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      • Steve
        March 14, 2012

        I think you got that backwards.

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  11. Chicky
    March 14, 2012

    Holy crap, someone got hold of the Clairol

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  12. cathylu
    March 14, 2012

    AFRO-MANNY is the best thing I’ve seen all week.

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  13. Bob
    March 14, 2012

    Yeah, but did the twins used to fight? That would be news.

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