In 1930 Clint Benedict of the Montreal Maroons became the first goalie to don a mask in the NHL. The first mask covered his nose, forehead, cheeks and jaw area. He only wore the mask for two games, he stopped because it hampered his vision.
The goalie mask has come a long way since 1930. In the late 50s and early 60s more and more goalies began wearing protective masks made of fiberglass.
Boston Bruins goalie Gerry Cheevers began the trend of putting marks on his mask. He put stitches on his mask to mark where he was hit by a flying puck. This started the trend of goalies putting artwork on their masks.
Today, with the advances in technology there some badass goalie masks. Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders has a mask that honors the military and especially Prisoners Of War and those soldiers that are Missing In Action.
Wade Dubielewicz now playing in Germany had a mask that had Yoda from Star Wars on the back of his helmet when he played for Islanders.
Dallas Stars Kari Lehtonen has a new mask that pays tribute to the 1993 movie Tombstone. He has actor Kurt Russell who played Wyatt Earp on one side and Val Kilmer who played Doc Holiday on the other side along with a six-shooter in a holster.
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