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48 // JUNE/JULY 2018 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM 1970s The decoration of goalie masks can be traced back to the 1970s, when Boston Bruins goaltender Gerry Cheevers asked his trainer to add stitch marks to his mask anytime a puck hit him in the face. Tony Esposito advanced goal- ie masks forever when he built-in a steel cage over the eyeholes of his mask and created an extension made of fiberglass that protected the top of his head. This change set the groundwork for masks goalies wear today. 1970s As curved sticks brought with them the ability to lift the puck, the trapper (catching glove) transformed into a piece of gear designed specifically to catch the puck. Among the changes was the addition of palm and wrist protection and a 'string mesh' in the pocket. 1980s Additional padding was added to the inside of the pads to protect the legs and knees. 1990s A shift to synthetic leathers and high-den- sity foams came about to make pads lighter, cheaper and easier to create in the colors of the specific goalie's team. 1960s-1970s Goalies began wearing two pieces of gear: a chest protector that featured canvas stuffed with padding, and the other designed to protect the arms and shoulders. While these pieces of gear helped take away some of the sting of stopping a high, hard shot, goalies were oftentimes left with welts on their upper bodies. 1990s Radical change came with the introduction of upper- body armor, which the shoulder and chest protector were combined into one piece of equipment that was thicker and reinforced with Kevlar for added protection. The upper body protector was designed to better cover key areas such as the elbow, collarbone and shoulder. 1970 1980 1960s-1980s Most goalies during this era used the "Cooper Model GM12" foam- filled blocker, which was also referred to as a 'waffle' due to holes cut in the leather to limit weight and giving it a 'waffle-like' appearance. THE MASK TRAPPER BLOCKERS GOALIE LEG PADS UPPER BODY PROTECTION As goalie equipment has changed, so too has the nature of the position. Goalies have long shown their personali- ty through the designs on their masks. Leg pads used to be made of leather and stuffed with horse hair, which made them heavy when they got wet.

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