USA Hockey Magazine

June / July 2018

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As the game has evolved over the years, so too has the equipment worn by those who stand between the pipes. From the protective face mask to bulky leg pads, goalie gear has undergone drastic changes in order to better protect the goaltender. Along the way it has ultimately changed how the position and the game is played. Gear Today, Gone Tomorrow The Evolution Of Goalie Equipment Has Helped Change How The Game Is Played 1930s Modeled after cricket pads, early leg pads were made from horsehide and stuffed with deer hair. 1920s Bulging belly pads made of leather, can- vas and felt were often used under the sweater. 1930s Similar goalies stuffing thick 1920 1930 THE MASK 1920s Elizabeth Graham of Queen's University became the first goalten- der to wear a mask, sporting a fencing mask in order to protect her teeth. 1930s After taking Montreal Benedict for a few getting rid TRAPPER 1920s In the early days goalies wore the same style of gloves as other players because most shots were kept below the waist. BLOCKERS 1930s Eveleth, Minn., native Frank Brimsek was the first goalie credited with adding a pad to the outside of glove worn his stick hand. GOALIE LEG PADS UPPER BODY PROTECTION (or Catching Glove) Lorne "Gump" Worsley

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