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Intimidating hockey masks

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Nothing is more intimidating than a goaltender with a great Hockey mask. Join us for the next exciting chapter of TYT and build our next home with us.

Whenever we attempt to come up with a coolest, best or top ten of anything we always find readers hurling insults and questioning our sanity for including so and so in the list or not including their favorite.“When he started putting the stitches on, people took note,” said former goaltender-turned-GM, Ron Hextall.When I think about professional sports and which player and/or position seems to be the most intimidating, I always conclude that hands down, ice hockey goalies are the most intimidating players.While most masks in the modern era incorporate the team’s logo somehow in the design, the placement and transformation of the logos on Stephenson’s mask was ground-breakingly creative for the time period.When it comes to iconic masks, it’s hard to think of anyone to fill the top spot but Gerry Cheevers.Time to let some opinions fly on our collection of old school NHL goalie masks.With 30 teams in the NHL, each with at least two goaltenders on their roster and some wearing multiple masks in one season, the league has seen thousands upon thousands of masks throughout its long history.Among the thousands of masks to hit the NHL ice over the past few decades, there are a handful whose design and innovation make them stand out as pioneers and icons of one of the most unique forms of artistry in sports. Tech FX paint effect, Gunnarsson encapsulated Bishop’s mask with a glowing, energy-filled lightning pattern on a Tampa Bay-blue backdrop. Tech FX paint here in a way that makes sense – to depict lightning.Honorable Mention: Jonas Hiller, 2013 last summer, as it’s one of my favorites in the modern era of mask design, opting for a more design-y (for lack of a better term) aesthetic, rather than the busier, airbrushed style (or the “drug-induced, side-of-the-van paint job” look, as Harrison so eloquently called it) of his colleagues. of the Bucket Bracket Showdown finals (link above), but what really makes this a standout is the use of a new medium in a sensible way. Gunnarsson has been a pioneer in, perhaps still the only artist, using glow in the dark paint on goalie masks, and for that, this mask is a trailblazer for masks of the future.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.

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  1. When I think about professional sports and which player and/or position seems to be the most intimidating, I always conclude that hands down, ice hockey.

  2. I mean I personally think Jason’s mask coming from a vintage 70s hockey mask looks very intimidating. I believe their masks perfectly represent their styles.

  3. Boards Sports Hockey Battle of the NHL goalie Masks. IMO masks that are supposed to look intimidating usually look really bad. ilikemusicmore, Oct 19, 2007.

  4. Time to let some opinions fly on our collection of old school NHL goalie masks. memorable and intimidating masks. The Hockey Writers is a premier.

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