IN THE FACE: Wonderful Weird World of Hockey Masks

Hockey masks, what a Journey bordering nightmare. Growing up an Ottawa Senators Fan, I remember being obsessed with Patrick Lalime's Marvin the Martian mask.
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It began in After experimenting with designs off the ice for months, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante felt he had found the right kind of goalie mask to use for protection in a game, but there was just one problem.

Ken Dryden (Montreal Canadiens)

The 50 Most Amazing Hockey Goalie Masks in NHL History

Gilles Gratton (New York Rangers)

The 50 Most Amazing Hockey Goalie Masks in NHL History

Gratton was known for strange behavior on and off the ice. Nicknamed “Gratoony the Loony,” it’s no wonder his mask ranks highest on the creepy scale. There’s no other mask like this one, and no other guy like Gilles Gratton.

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On November the goalie for the Montreal Canadians, Jacques Plante, was hit in the face by a shot from New York Ranger, Andy…

Wayne Stephenson (Philadelphia Flyers)

The 50 Most Amazing Hockey Goalie Masks in NHL History

Dan Bouchard (Atlanta Flames)

The 50 Most Amazing Hockey Goalie Masks in NHL History

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In Montreal Maroons’ goaltender Clint Benedict wore a leather mask to protect his broken nose. ~ the first goalie to wear a mask.

Gary Bromley (Vancouver Canucks)

The 50 Most Amazing Hockey Goalie Masks in NHL History

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"How would you like a job where, every time you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and people boo?" —Jacques Plante Montreal Canadiens Go Habs Go !

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Jacques Plante ( informational link under construction.

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Innovative goalie Jacques Plante models his fiberglass goalie mask

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“Hockey’s Faceless Wonder”, Jaques Plante. From Modern Man magazine, November

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