It’s only been 50 years since Goalie masks have been in the game. Montreal’s Jacques Plante was the first one to ever go out with a mask on. One has to wonder how goalies were ever able to play without a mask on, and with the speed that puck comes at you, it must have been really scary.
Masks have always been the source of great art for hockey goaltenders and some really beautiful masks have seen the day. It’s not an easy thing to select out of the plethora of gorgeous masks out there, but I’ll list some of my favourites here and in the process, list some of the best Montreal Canadian masks as well.
Montreal Canadian Masks
Patrick Roy arguably had the most effective mask ever! That’s right, you think its simple enough, but that’s the beauty of it. That logo is so visible, it’s amazing.
Though it wasn’t always like this. His first mask, when he entered was even simpler.
Nowadays, our goaltenders have finally got on with the painting trend. Here are our current goaltender masks:
And some older masks from the Canadians:
Other NHL Goaltenders
Lets move on to other goaltender masks. I have selected some of the few that I found were the most amazing. In no particular order of preference, here they are:
Top 5 Masks
According to me… (it’s subjective guys, don’t tell me I got it wrong!) the top 5 masks are as follows:
5. Gary Bromley
4. Gilles Gratton
3. Manny Fernandez
2. Curtis Joseph
1. Brian Hayward
Ok, dont’ flame me, it’s just my opinion. Hayward’s Shark mask looks AWESOME! He captured the essence of a shark in there. All the other masks I posted up there are all my favourite one and it was really hard to select the number 1 mask out of all these and select the ones above from all the awesome masks out there, but Hayward’s mask rocks and I love Trevor Kidds mask even though it doesn’t come in my top 5.
Got any mask you wish to show, post the link in comments!