NHL Goalie Masks
NHL hockey goalie masks are probably the coolest piece of sporting equipment on the planet and it’s not just because they are always on ice.
When goalies started wearing masks in the NHL in 1959 they were more about saving players from breaking their skulls and getting stitches than about making them look good.
Jacques Plante, the hall-of-fame goalie from the Montreal Canadians put on the first-ever fiberglass mask after he was whacked in the face by a puck. His coach said he was a wimp for wearing it but he didn’t care and soon everybody else was wearing them too.
The last time a player in the NHL went without a mask it was way back in 1974 when Andy Brown of the Pittsburg Penguins preferred to do his job dangerously.
As the years have gone by masks have started to look less like space helmets and more like works or art. From skulls to wolves to Johnny Canuck, airbrushed goalie masks not only save noggins, they let you know a lot about the player behind them.
Here are some of Kidzworld’s favorite goalies masks in the NHL today:
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