Intimidating face masks


28-Oct-2016 11:47

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So it wasn’t long before other NHL goalies picked up on this and started getting creative with their mask designs as a way of intimidating opponents.

Today’s goalie masks aren’t really masks, but helmets.

Today marks the 52nd anniversary of one of the most iconic artifacts in professional sports: the hockey goalie mask.

On November 1, 1959, in a game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, legendary Montreal Canadiens netminder Jacques Plante became the first goalie in the NHL to wear a mask that entirely covered his face.

In this collage, the top photo from his days with Dallas (1996-99) takes the cake. In his 8-year NHL career with the Stars, Blues, and Flames, Roman Turek had a handful of creepy masks—and all with a similar theme and style.

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(The guy on this thing looks like a cross between a vampire and the White Wizard from Lord of the Rings, doesn’t he?

) In his 8-year NHL career with the Stars, Blues, and Flames, Roman Turek had a handful of creepy masks—and all with a similar theme and style.