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Johnny Bower, ace netminder with the Toronto Maple Leafs for 11 seasons, was among five men elected to the NHL Hall of Fame in Montreal in 1976. Bower first joined the Maple Leafs when coach Punch Imlach brought him up from the minors at the age of 34. (CP)
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A Face Only A Hockey Puck Could Love
Once upon a time, NHL goalies played without masks. Unsurprisingly, their faces often got all fucked up. In 1966, LIFE published an article, "The Goalie Is the Goat," that not only aimed to put a human countenance on "hockey's reviled and bludgeoned fall-guys," but featured a photo of what looked like a modern-day Frankenstein's monster.
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Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante first wore a mask in a game in 1959. Prior to that, goalies did not wear a masks and were routinely were hit in the face. | Plante put on a mask after he was pummeled on Nov 1 1959.
Georgia's Mark Richt pulled out all stops to sign RB Isaiah Crowell
How badly did Mark Richt want Isaiah Crowell to sign with Georgia? The Bulldogs coach pulled out all the stops to land the running back ranked No. 4 in the country by Rivals.com.