Scariest goalie masks in NHL history: Creepy, cool and just plain weird

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  • Scariest goalie masks in NHL history: Creepy, cool and just plain weird

    Behind every great goalie mask is a story about how the particular design relates to the individual. In hockey, a sport where players' personalities are stifled, it's an opportunity for some to showcase their creative flair or pay homage to a person or cause kept close to heart.

    Others opt for the totally grotesque, strange or downright creepy concepts. 

    In time for Halloween, we thought it would be a treat to revisit some of the spookiest goalie masks of all time. From Jacques Plante's unintentionally terrifying early design to the advent of airbrushing and the niche industry birthed from it, there have been a great deal of masks to admire. Some concepts seem like they're straight out of a horror film, while others literally are. There have been skeletons, vampires, goblins and ghouls aplenty, plus that one time Carey Price did that very disturbing Plante tribute.

    For much more, SN contributor Jennifer Conway shares the creepy, cool, strange stories behind each mask. Read about them here.

     

  • 1 Jacques Plante

    Montreal Canadiens (1959)

  • 2 Gerry Cheevers

    Boston Bruins (1971)

  • 3 Gary Simmons

    California Golden Seals (1975)

  • 4 Steve Shields

    Boston Bruins (2003)

  • 5 Mike Dunham

    New Jersey Devils (1998)

  • 6 Pekka Rinne

    Nashville Predators (2012)

  • 7 Vesa Toskala

    Toronto Maple Leafs (2007)

  • 8 Jason Bacashihua

    Philadelphia Flyers (2013)

  • 9 Olaf Kolzig

    Tampa Bay Lightning (2008)

  • 10 Curtis Sanford

    Vancouver Canucks (2007)

  • 11 Thomas Greiss

    New York Islanders (2017)

  • 12 Corey Hirsch

    Vancouver Canucks (1997)

  • 13 Curtis McElhinney

    Anaheim Ducks (2010)

  • 14 Curtis McElhinney

    Anaheim Ducks (2010)

  • 15 Steve Mason

    Philadelphia Flyers (2013)

  • 16 Roman Turek

    Dallas Stars (1999)

  • 17 Marty Turco

    Dallas Stars (2010)

  • 18 Ty Conklin

    Edmonton Oilers (2006)

  • 19 Marty Turco

    Chicago Blackhawks (2010)

  • 20 Mike Smith

    Tampa Bay Lightning (2008)

  • 21 Curtis Joseph

    Toronto Maple Leafs (2002)

  • 22 Evgeni Nabokov

    San Jose Sharks (2008)

  • 23 Miikka Kiprusoff

    Calgary Flames (2011)

  • 24 Steve Mason

    Columbus Blue Jackets (2011)

  • 25 Thomas Greiss

    Arizona Coyotes (2013)

  • 26 Justin Peters

    Carolina Hurricanes (2013)

  • 27 Cam Talbot

    Edmonton Oilers (2016)

  • 28 Calvin Pickard

    Philadelphia Flyers (2018)

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