Intimidating goalie masks
Ok, so goalies didn’t wear masks until the late 50’s when Jacques Plante became the first NHL netminder to wear one after being struck in the face with a puck and later returning to the game in the mask he had previously only worn for practice.Regardless, the number of unique mask designs that have graced NHL rinks is too high to count.Scott Darling´s latest mask creation is here and it is something very unique…🤓 As the total Mask Nerd I am I love to always try to come up with new design ideas and styles, every mask I create is a totally unique storybook📕.Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.16 Vitaly Kolesnik (Salavat Yulayev) looks like the Crusades by way of The Matrix; No. Koshechkin, currently with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL and a 2002 draft pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning, is a 6-foot-7, 231-pound man-mountain that nearly dwarfs the goal cage.15 Martin Prusek (Dynamo Riga) has one that honors U2. So basically the last guy you'd expect would have kittens on his mask. Well, from the looks of things, his nickname may in fact be "The Cat," unless his mask signifies a personal achievement in spelling.
This has to be one of the best Blackhawks’ goalie masks since Eddie Belfour.
“He is relatively new in the painting industry and for now painting is just his hobby,” she said.
“However, his goal and dream is to someday to be able to make a living from painting.
Even the goaltenders who then adopted the new form of protective gear didn’t think much about the appearance of them until the 1970’s when Gerry Cheevers began putting markings on his mask every time he was hit in the face, either with a puck or a skater’s stick.
That all changed in 1974 when art student and former goalie Greg Harrison crafted a for Penguins goalie Jim Rutherford, commonly viewed as the first instance of personal art on a mask and thus spawning a new artform.