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JUNE/JULY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM // 47 1940s An extra roll of material called the "skip- over roll" was added to prevent a puck that hit the edge of the pad from slipping past on the side of the pad. It also pro- vided additional stability and flexibility. 1950s The "skip-over roll" was extended to the top of the leg pad to the lowest point covering the skates. 1930s Similar to what a catcher in baseball would wear, goalies wore chest protectors made of leather, felt stuffing and canvas. These protectors included thick sleeves that fit snugly under the jersey. 1950s-1960s Protectors, made of leather or thick can- vas, were worn over felt long-sleeve shirts and contained extra padding around the goalie's elbows and shoulders. 1930 1940 1950 1960 By Jason Kates 1930s taking a puck to the face, Montreal Maroons netminder Clint Benedict wore an all-leather mask few games before ultimately rid of it. 1950s A contest in 1959 between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens became a landmark affair when Habs goalie Jacques Plante became the first NHL goal- ie to wear a mask on-ice made of fiberglass that cov- ered his entire face after being hit there with a puck. 1930s When Minnesota natives Mike Karakas and Fran Brimsek broke into the NHL, they used rounded gloves with a webbed pockets similar to a baseball mitt, which allowed them to catch and trap the puck. By the end of the decade, the trend caught on with other NHL netminders. 1940s Emile Francis, a two-sport star from Saskatchewan, asked the trainer with the N.Y. Rangers to take his glove to a local shoemaker to take the cuff off an old hockey glove and sew it onto a baseball mitt. After much back and forth with the league, the glove was ruled to be a legal piece of gear. goalie worn on 1950s Chicago goaltender Al Rollins took Brimsek's idea a bit further by adding a fiber backing covered with leather, which allowed him to better control rebounds. Willard Ikola of the 1956 U.S. Olympic Team shows off goalie gear of the era. Maurice Roberts is in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Goalies were considered crazy for not wearing masks. Worsley Al Lacroix led the U.S. to a silver medal at the 1924 Olympics

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