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Bill Burchmore and Jacques Plante's Mask

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Bill Burchmore and Jacques Plante's Mask

Background story about Bill Burchmore and the origins of Jacques Plante's 1959 mask:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...7205%2C2575524

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That's the thing I have a hard time understanding. Catchers in baseball had been wearing masks since the turn of the century, if not before. Yet it took so long for a mask for a goalie to be accepted by the sport. Granted, you have much more predictability in where a pitcher is going to throw a baseball and how it is going to react. Hockey just seemed so stubborn to accept innovation. Actually, maybe I'm not so surprised as perplexed.

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Hockey just seemed so stubborn to accept innovation. Actually, maybe I'm not so surprised as perplexed.
Until the rise of the slapshot it just wasnt considered necessary & there wasnt anyone seriously complaining about it. Was just accepted that you didnt really need one, much like helmets, and that when you got into the game & crease you just tacitly accepted the risks. Didnt even think about it.... And very interesting article. Fiberglass was a new & innovative product at that time post War, the "Promotional Salesman" well ahead of the curve in conceiving & then on his own dime & time designing a mask. What better way to promote the practical applications of fiberglass in Canada than through sport, the NHL, with the then greatest goalie in the league wearing a product made from fiberglass? Great advertising.... and that earlier this same guy innovated the fiberglass wrapping or taping of sticks. That right there allowed for greater tensile strength, for Geoffrion, Bathgate. Mikita & Hull et al to actually seriously lean into their sticks in taking slapshots without the thing disintegrating. So he creates the weapon of potentially lethal destruction then conceives of, designs & builds the protective gear in the form of the mask to mitigate the damage he'd caused earlier in wrapping the sticks in fiberglass. Very clever in a dastardly genius kinda way huh LBD? Either that or a Catholic with a deep sense of Guilt. Uh oh. Better call up Jacques Plante. Lookit what Bathgate just did to his face with one of my sticks... like Bobby DeNiro in Cape Fear. HATE tattoo'd on one set of nuckles, LOVE on the other. Good Lord Giveth, Good Lord Taketh Away as in knocking out Jake the Snakes teeth... then the Good Lord Giveth Back again. Biblical.


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Until the rise of the slapshot it just wasnt considered necessary & there wasnt anyone seriously complaining about it. Was just accepted that you didnt really need one, much like helmets, and that when you got into the game & crease you just tacitly accepted the risks. Didnt even think about it.... And very interesting article. Fiberglass was a new & innovative product at that time post War, the "Promotional Salesman" well ahead of the curve in conceiving & then on his own dime & time designing a mask. What better way to promote the practical applications of fiberglass in Canada than through sport, the NHL, with the then greatest goalie in the league wearing a product made from fiberglass? Great advertising.... and that earlier this same guy innovated the fiberglass wrapping or taping of sticks. That right there allowed for greater tensile strength, for Geoffrion, Bathgate. Mikita & Hull et al to actually seriously lean into their sticks in taking slapshots without the thing disintegrating. So he creates the weapon of potentially lethal destruction then conceives of, designs & builds the protective gear in the form of the mask to mitigate the damage he'd caused earlier in wrapping the sticks in fiberglass. Very clever in a dastardly genius kinda way huh LBD? Either that or a Catholic with a deep sense of Guilt. Uh oh. Better call up Jacques Plante. Lookit what Bathgate just did to his face with one of my sticks... like Bobby DeNiro in Cape Fear. HATE tattoo'd on one set of nuckles, LOVE on the other. Good Lord Giveth, Good Lord Taketh Away as in knocking out Jake the Snakes teeth... then the Good Lord Giveth Back again. Biblical.
Very amusing. Sounds like Big Pharma. Take this for depression, this for anxiety. Oh and you'll need this for this side effect, and that for that side effect.

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Rangers Mandate Mask

By the end of November 1959 the New York Rangers had mandated the mask for the junior and juvenile goalies in their system:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=5797%2C345215

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Marcel Paille apparently complying. And what a strange looking mask it was. Like a scuba face mask with a fiberglass or plastic shell covering the forehead, nose, mouth & chin, an insert clear plastic piece covering the eyes. Heres a picture...

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...lide=1.1247809

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Marcel Paille apparently complying. And what a strange looking mask it was. Like a scuba face mask with a fiberglass or plastic shell covering the forehead, nose, mouth & chin, an insert clear plastic piece covering the eyes. Heres a picture...

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/...lide=1.1247809
Definitely unique in appearance, yet within a month of Jacques Plante being injured and starting to wear a mask, attitudes changed, R & D moved forward at a fast pace, etc.

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^^^ Indeed. Heres one design & early model used by Johnny Bower in practice but never in-game. I remember seeing them on the shelves at a sporting goods store early 60's, though I believe they were designed earlier, mid-50's perhaps....

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Clear-Plexi-M...-/230614720475

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