The Cooper Xl7 Hockey Helmet

November 21, 2006 by Tyler  
Filed under Hockey Equipment

Cooper XL7 Hockey helmetIn a previous post on Cooperalls, I asked readers to help me in finding a picture of the infamous Cooper XL7 Hockey Helmet and, as usual, an NHL Digest reader has come through.

As you can see, this is the ugliest helmet of any kind ever produced. Not only that, it was probably the worst name for a helmet, or any hockey equipment for that matter.

That said, the XL7 is now the name of a Sport Utility Vehicle produced by Suzuki…which is also ugly. Someone with some authority over at Suzuki should tell them to stick to motorcycles.

So there you go. If you are producing any type of product and you want it to be at least remotely cool, don’t name it “XL7″.

Comments

15 Comments on "The Cooper Xl7 Hockey Helmet"

  1. National Hockey League Digest » Cooperalls on Fri, 1st Dec 2006 10:07 am 

    [...] If you are old enough to remember cooperalls and you are still a hockey fan, then I apologize for bringing back such traumatic memories.  If you are not old enough to remember Cooperalls, then please forget you ever saw this picture of Ron Francis celebrating a goal against Pelle Lindburgh, wearing long green pants during a hockey game. If you are younger yet, the Green and White uniform was that of the Hartford Whalers, now the Carolina Hurricanes, and they didn’t win any Stanley Cups in Hartford.  I think it was because of the ugly uniforms, but that is just my opinion. NHL Digest usually features a Legend of Hockey on the weekend, but I can’t help but feature the “Legend of the Cooperall” as one of the major miscues of days gone by in the National Hockey League. I would love to do a feature on the Cooper XL7 hockey helmet because it was simply the worst piece of equipment ever produced. However, I can’t seem to find finally found a picture of one.  If anyone has a picture of a Cooper XL7, please let me know.  I can’t wait to post an image of that hideous piece of plastic.  [...]

  2. National Hockey League Digest » Worst Hockey Equipment Roundup! on Sun, 28th Jan 2007 8:12 pm 

    [...] The Cooper XL7 Helmet [...]

  3. National Hockey League Digest » Cooperalls on Sat, 24th Feb 2007 10:11 am 

    [...] If you are old enough to remember cooperalls and you are still a hockey fan, then I apologize for bringing back such traumatic memories of this hideous piece of hockey equipment. If you are not old enough to remember Cooperalls, then please forget you ever saw this picture of Ron Francis celebrating a goal against Pelle Lindburgh, wearing long green pants during a hockey game. If you are younger yet, the Green and White uniform was that of the Hartford Whalers, now the Carolina Hurricanes, and they didn’t win any Stanley Cups in Hartford. I think it was because of the ugly uniforms, but that is just my opinion. NHL Digest usually features a Legend of Hockey on the weekend, but I can’t help but feature the “Legend of the Cooperall” as one of the major miscues of days gone by in the National Hockey League. I would love to do a feature on the Cooper XL7 hockey helmet because it was simply the worst piece of equipment ever produced. However, I can’t seem to find finally found a picture of one. If anyone has a picture of a Cooper XL7, please let me know. I can’t wait to post an image of that hideous piece of plastic. [...]

  4. Worst Hockey Equipment Roundup! | National Hockey League Digest on Tue, 3rd Jul 2007 3:00 am 

    [...] The Cooper XL7 Helmet [...]

  5. Patrick Hankamer on Sat, 28th Jul 2007 5:08 pm 

    I’m actually looking for the face cage for this helmet. If anyone has one that they’d like to sell please shoot me an email at phankamer@gmail.com.

    Cheers,
    Patrick

  6. Cooperalls | Hockey News | NHL Digest on Wed, 10th Oct 2007 2:34 pm 

    [...] it was simply the worst piece of equipment ever produced. However, I can’t seem to find finally found a picture of one. If anyone has a picture of a Cooper XL7, please let me know. I can’t wait to post an image [...]

  7. tjackson76 on Tue, 1st Apr 2008 8:20 pm 

    When these helmets came out they were very popular, at first. Then every one had one, even refs. Thoes little black squares (on the side) would flip out and looked like wings but really they just adjusted the size of the helmet….. goalies seemed to look really silly wearing them.

  8. bigbonz on Thu, 15th Jan 2009 10:30 pm 

    Whoa, Whoa, Whoa….anyone actually play the game in one of these “ugliest ever” buckets? Best fitting and most comfortable helmet I have ever worn. Light, tight and easy to clean. I would like to see more Pros wearing a helmet that actually fit well and they might have to spend less time adjusting their lids after a hit and more time getting back into the play. Don’t paint this helmet with the Cooperall brush.

  9. dave on Tue, 3rd Feb 2009 1:56 pm 

    I think the xl7 was the most innovative helmet evermade
    too bad Cooper is out of the hockey biz
    I had one and it was the most comfortable snug fit
    Paul Gait had one while he was playing for the Rochester Knighthawks
    The helmet was badass

  10. travis on Wed, 13th May 2009 11:21 am 

    this was/is probably one of the most filthiest thigns ever created…i had flashback to novice when a few kids i played against and one with had them…..and they all got made fun of for it…to be young again

  11. The Northland “Dome” Hockey Helmet | NHL Digest- Hockey News and Equipment Reviews on Fri, 31st Jul 2009 3:33 pm 

    [...] a series of posts entitled the Worst Hockey Equipment Ever. Within that series I noted that the Cooper XL7 helmet was the worst hockey helmet ever produced. While I still stand firmly behind my decision to [...]

  12. Evan on Sat, 23rd Jan 2010 3:03 pm 

    i just bought a cooper xl7 and a pair of cooperalls for an upcoming hockey tournament i am in. they will both go great with my cooper gloves and easton aluminum hockey stick.

  13. Jim on Tue, 16th Feb 2010 6:10 pm 

    I had one of these for a couple years. Helmet fit great. Unfortunately the mask clips kept breaking. If they could have fixed the clips and made some minor style adjustments it would have been much more popular.

    You can see a bit of the XL7 styling in the Easton S17 helmet. You might need to squint a bit.

  14. Tyler on Tue, 16th Feb 2010 6:34 pm 

    Jim,
    Thanks for stopping by to comment. I had the same problem with my XL7 – clips always broke! As for the S17, how many frosty pops did you have before you started squinting? :)

  15. Ray J. on Tue, 11th May 2010 11:13 pm 

    I happen to have gotten a black version of the helmet this afternoon!

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