The first masked man between the pipes was actually a woman who played for Queens University in Kingston Ontario Canada in 1927. Her name was Elizabeth Graham and she wore a fencing mask when she took to the ice reportedly because her father had invested a lot of money to give her a nice set of teeth and wasnÆt about to let them be knocked out during a hockey game. Clint Benedict a goalie for the Montreal Maroons in 1930 after suffering damage to his face in a game against the Boston Bruins wore bulky protective head gear so his broken nose had time to heal. In 1936 during the Olympics Japanese goal tender Teiji Honma wore a wire mask like a baseball back catcher. Other goalies in various leagues around the world had experimented with different types of gear to basically save face, liter ...
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