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12-08-2012, 10:24 AM
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Goaltenders with helmets but no facial protection

Take a look at the Swedish goalkeeper (you see more of him later in the video).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_pfFMhPW7s

Now that has to be akin to going out in public with a shirt but no pants.

Has there been anything more unusual in the history of the game?


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12-08-2012, 10:43 AM
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It is a little strange. I am assuming you are talking about the fact that he's wearing a helmet, not a mask, as a protective equipment. In the NHL I believe Andy Brown was the last goalie in 1973-'74 to play without a mask so I guess at this time in 1970 it wasn't all that crazy but it still looks weird. How in the world is a helmet going to save you if a slap shot hits your face? You may as well not have the helmet. Funny stuff though.

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12-08-2012, 11:04 AM
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Other notable items in that clip:

Half the Swedish players with white helmets, half with blue.

Players tie up the puck in the corner with no contact, no one leaving his feet and launching himself into the other player and mashing his face into the glass...

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Other notable items in that clip:

Half the Swedish players with white helmets, half with blue.

Players tie up the puck in the corner with no contact, no one leaving his feet and launching himself into the other player and mashing his face into the glass...
That is nice for a change, isn't it.

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Man does that ever look.... bizarre?

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It is a little strange. I am assuming you are talking about the fact that he's wearing a helmet, not a mask, as a protective equipment. In the NHL I believe Andy Brown was the last goalie in 1973-'74 to play without a mask so I guess at this time in 1970 it wasn't all that crazy but it still looks weird. How in the world is a helmet going to save you if a slap shot hits your face? You may as well not have the helmet. Funny stuff though.
Yes, you'll notice Tretiak had the brains to hang a wire cage from his helmet, what was the Swedish goalie thinking?

I'm guessing he wanted to protect the back of his head in case he fell over from being hit in the eye with a slapshot

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... ya, its weird. Like seeing some guy wearing glasses without lenses. The frames from the
Sophia Loren Debutante Collection. Dude just blithely carrying on as if everythings Hunky Dory.

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... ya, its weird. Like seeing some guy wearing glasses without lenses. The frames from the
Sophia Loren Debutante Collection. Dude just blithely carrying on as if everythings Hunky Dory.
Haha. I love the Seinfeld reference or is it a Frasier reference?

As "manly" as it may have been to wear no mask, I've never figured why goalies continued to go bare faced in the post-Jacques Plante era.

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Because I believe, they were required to wear a helmet but honken didnt want to my guess he blamed it on impaired vision so he simply sidestepped it with wearing a helmet but not the cage.

I might add that it seemed to be pretty standard for goalies to have something on their heads in sweden. Before that all of them wore knitted hats.

I found footage of honken prior to the rule and he wears nothing so my guess is that he jsut put it on to get to play.

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Honken known to refuse to wear a helmet and face mask the longest. He thought they obscured his vision too much and that he would rather take a few extra stitches (something he had full of anyway).
Edit 302: He was also famous for to make saves with his head without the helmet. He directed pucks away from the net with his bare head...

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He had begun to think about getting a mask to his blue helmet, but he had once said that''a mask was cowardly, "something that he came to regret the following year. He got during training for the World Cup 1971 a puck in the jaw bone so the jaw were dislocated and missed what came to be called scandal-World Cup 1971 in Bern (Helge Berglund's "paid servants"). but the season for AIK was as usual brilliant - except the blue helmet. it did not fit into AIK's shirts but Honken was so unique that we (now moved into the seat) accepted the helmet as it was.


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Not So Bizarre

Actually it is not bizarre in a modern context.

Arenas have rules where nobody can go on the ice without a helmet, safety and insurance issues.

A team going out for a basic skate thru without shooting or contact will have their goalies wear helmets without a mask.

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Haha. I love the Seinfeld reference or is it a Frasier reference?

As "manly" as it may have been to wear no mask, I've never figured why goalies continued to go bare faced in the post-Jacques Plante era.
It's probably hard to start wearing a mask after you never even thought to wear one for about 30 years.

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Actually it is not bizarre in a modern context.

Arenas have rules where nobody can go on the ice without a helmet, safety and insurance issues.

A team going out for a basic skate thru without shooting or contact will have their goalies wear helmets without a mask.
Yeah, but that wasn't a skate thru

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Would be real cool to see one with a classic JOFA and face mask at the same time. Nobody ever did that?

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Would be real cool to see one with a classic JOFA and face mask at the same time. Nobody ever did that?
Several classic jofa helmets out there. Do you mean this one?



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a fan remade Tretiaks mask here it is.


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Edit 302: He was also famous for to make saves with his head without the helmet. He directed pucks away from the net with his bare head...

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That would explain a lot about his subsequent eccentric wardrobe!

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That would explain a lot about his subsequent eccentric wardrobe!
There were more goalies who did this in Sweden, Lfqvist also wore the jofa helmet with no cage.

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I remember looking at his mask & several others that followed, and as is quite apparent, a puck travelling at 85-100mph+ would very easily go straight through the openings in the cage. I mean seriously; just look at that thing? You could easily put your hand through it, stick both your fingers up the guys nose & drag him around like a still live King Pacific Salmon in an icehouse as the gaps are that wide. So if a puck hits one of those metal bars, the law of physics being what they are with the puck still moving forward at velocity, if it doesnt take the mask & helmet clean off the guys head, its gonna snake in & through one of those open spaces while spinning like a buzz saw thats broken loose from its moorings and cut you up but good. Huh?... like Dr. No smearing your face in anchovie' paste, Oddjob shoving your head into an aquarium full of Amazonian Piranha's...


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I remember looking at his mask & several others that followed, and as is quite apparent, a puck travelling at 85-100mph+ would very easily go straight through the openings in the cage. I mean seriously; just look at that thing? You could easily put your hand through it, stick both your fingers up the guys nose & drag him around like a still live King Pacific Salmon in an icehouse as the gaps are that wide. So if a puck hits one of those metal bars, the law of physics being what they are with the puck still moving forward at velocity, if it doesnt take the mask & helmet clean off the guys head, its gonna snake in & through one of those open spaces while spinning like a buzz saw thats broken loose from its moorings and cut you up but good. Huh?... like Dr. No smearing your face in anchovie' paste, Oddjob shoving your head into an aquarium full of Amazonian Piranha's...
You need to stop with the LSD abuse man

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You need to stop with the LSD abuse man
Oh goodness Hobnobs. Believe me. I did. 35+yrs ago. Just how much damage was done though, well, thats another matter altogether.

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Haha. I love the Seinfeld reference or is it a Frasier reference?

As "manly" as it may have been to wear no mask, I've never figured why goalies continued to go bare faced in the post-Jacques Plante era.
Tell that to the players these days who won't wear visors.

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Several classic jofa helmets out there. Do you mean this one?



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a fan remade Tretiaks mask here it is.

I guess i should'nt have said JOFA. I meant if someone ever wore a helmet on top of say a Sawchuk-mask, any "Jason"-model. That would rock!

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I guess i should'nt have said JOFA. I meant if someone ever wore a helmet on top of say a Sawchuk-mask, any "Jason"-model. That would rock!
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Haha. I love the Seinfeld reference or is it a Frasier reference?

As "manly" as it may have been to wear no mask, I've never figured why goalies continued to go bare faced in the post-Jacques Plante era.
Back in 1962 I was having a conversation with Gump Worsley, and Vern Buffey and Worsley's reason for not wearing a face mask was that "You can't tell me that when you wear one and look down for the puck at your feet, there isn't a blind spot."

He was one of the last goalies to put on a mask.

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I guess i should'nt have said JOFA. I meant if someone ever wore a helmet on top of say a Sawchuk-mask, any "Jason"-model. That would rock!
Polish legend Walery Kosyl did wear mask helmet combos. Im not sure about the image linking rules but there are few pretty weird looking combos if you image google him.


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Several classic jofa helmets out there. Do you mean this one?


That's not a Jofa. That's a Cooper SK600:


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