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Encyclopedia > Hockey mask
Jacques Plante changes the face of hockey in 1959.
Jacques Plante changes the face of hockey in 1959.
The skull mask of Miikka Kiprusoff 2005.
The skull mask of Miikka Kiprusoff 2005.

A goalie mask is a mask worn by an ice or field hockey goaltender to protect the head from injury. Fair Use File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Fair Use File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Jacques Plante Joseph Jacques Jake the Snake Plante (Born January 17, 1929 in Shawinigan Falls, Québec; Died February 27, 1986) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (469x703, 287 KB) Summary Photo by Mark Webster from Flickr Helmet of Miikka Kiprusoff from the Calgary Flames Attribution 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (469x703, 287 KB) Summary Photo by Mark Webster from Flickr Helmet of Miikka Kiprusoff from the Calgary Flames Attribution 2. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Masks in a Guatemalan Market A mask is a piece of material or kit worn on the face. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... A game of field hockey in progress Field hockey is a popular sport for men and women in many countries around the world. ... Patrick Roy, a retired ice hockey goaltender The goaltender (also known colloquially as goalie or netminder) in ice hockey is the player who defends his teams goal net by stopping shots of the puck from entering his teams net, thus preventing the opposing team from scoring. ... For other uses of the word head, see head (disambiguation). ... Injury is damage or harm caused to the structure or function of the body caused by an outside agent or force, which may be physical or chemical. ...


The first mask was a crude leather model worn by Clint Benedict in the 1920s to protect his broken nose. Upon recovery from the injury, he never used it again. Jacques Plante was the first to wear a mask full-time after being struck in the face with a puck during a game in 1959. Although he faced some derision, Plante's fiberglass mask soon became the standard and a symbol of the game. This style of mask is no longer used by hockey leagues; it is now mostly famous for its continued use by horror icon Jason Voorhees. Clint Benedict (September 25, 1894 in Ottawa, Ontario - November 12, 1976) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played for the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Maroons in the National Hockey League. ... The 1920s was a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... Jacques Plante Joseph Jacques Jake the Snake Plante (Born January 17, 1929 in Shawinigan Falls, Québec; Died February 27, 1986) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bundle of fiberglass Fiberglass or fibreglass is material made from extremely fine fibers of glass. ... Jason Voorhees from Jason Voorhees (born June 13, 1946) is a fictional character from the Friday the 13th series of slasher films. ...


Two kinds of goalie masks are currently in use. The first one is a simple helmet/cage combination, but it is not generally popular as it does not provide ample protection to the sides of the head, plus there is doubt as to whether this type of mask can fully absorb high-speed slapshots (despite criticisms, it is currently used by goalies such as Dominik Hasek , Dan Cloutier , and Chris Osgood). The second one is a fibreglass mask with a cage attached in the middle. This type of mask is the most popular one among goalies today. In addition to providing good protection to all sides of the head, goalies found it fashionable to give their mask distinctive decorations. In fact, nowadays goalies become instantly recognizable with their trademark decorations on their masks. Dominik Hašek (born January 29, 1965 in Pardubice, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)), also known by his nickname The Dominator, is a professional ice hockey goaltender. ... Dan Cloutier (born April 22, 1976 in Mont-Laurier, Quebec) is a professional ice hockey player with the Vancouver Canucks. ... Chris Osgood (born 26 November 1972 in Peace River, Alberta, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player. ...


With this type of mask three styles of cages are currently in use.

  • Standard cage - similar to the kind used on the simple helmet above.
  • Cat-Eye cage - improves visabilty by using angled wires, and a straight one down the middle, comes in two types
    • Certified - meets certification standards set by the HECC CSA and CE and are approved for minor and youth league use. Contains more wires then uncertified.
    • Uncertified - does not meet one or all of the safety standards. typically holes are big enough for a stick to go through.
  • Ringette cage - uses diagonal wiring vertically (like a chain link fence) and straight horizontal wiring to create a ring effect. These are equally as safe as the standard type and thus are usually certified.

The advent of the goalie mask changed the way goaltenders play, allowing them to make more saves on their knees without fear of serious head or facial injuries. Prior to goalie masks, most goaltenders stayed standing as much as possible. In the modern era, an overwhelming majority of saves are made when the goaltender has one or both knees on the ice.


In recent years, baseball catchers have begun to wear very similar masks. The first such mask made its debut in 1996 by Charlie O'Brien who was playing with the Toronto Blue Jays at the time. A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Charles Hugh OBrien (born May 1, 1960 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for the Oakland Athletics (1985), Milwaukee Brewers (1987-90), New York Mets (1990-93), Atlanta Braves (1994-95), Toronto Blue Jays (1996-97), Chicago White Sox (1998), Anaheim Angels (1998... Major league affiliations American League (1977-present) East Division (1977-present) Current uniform Ballpark Rogers Centre (1989-present) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1992 â€¢ 1993 AL Pennants (2) 1992 â€¢ 1993 East Division titles (5) 1985 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1991 â€¢ 1992 1993 Wild card berths (0) None The Toronto Blue Jays...


External links

  • A Brief History of the Goalie Mask

 
 

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