Today's vintage goalie mask, is THE vintage goalie mask. While Plante wasn't the first to wear a mask, (Clint Benidict did to protect a broken nose for 5 games), he was the first to introduce it as regular equipment and continued to work on and perfect the mask the rest of his career.
|Hmm...Clint's interesting first attempt.|
|The Phantom of the Crease.|
|Josh Harding pays tribute to the greats...there's Plante's above the eye.|
Here are some more of his masks...a true innovator and icon.
|HOF: The "Pretzel" Mask|
|HOF: Another classic|