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The Hockey News Goalie Issue 2018

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goalie mask, we salute thee

ON NOV. 1, 1959, when Jacques Plante defied coach Toe Blake and donned a mask during a game against the New York Rangers, the pioneering goalie could not have foreseen the avalanche he had triggered. After Plante was sliced below his nose on a shot by Andy Bathgate, bled profusely and was stitched up in the dressing room, it’s likely the only thing he envisioned was saving his own vision. And his skull, orbital bone, jaw, sinus cavities and teeth. But in the decades following Plante’s dramatic decision, the goalie mask has evolved into the most prolific innovation in all of sport. Hear me out. It’s a bold statement considering the advances and novel concepts great minds have conjured. Breakaway basketball rims, Tommy John surgery, interchangeable cleats, vulcanized rubber tennis balls,…

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a dollar for your thoughts

Dear readers, I was in a dollar store in early November and saw Christmas decorations already for sale. Yikes! It reminded me to get my list to The Hockey News’ circulation team so that my friends, family and teammates can get their first issues in December. Free Bronze Memberships are a big hit as part of our “Buy 1 Gold And Get 3 Free Bronze Memberships” special limited-time offer. I told the team when I acquired The Hockey News that I have a long list of ideas to improve the experience of the readers, with some new concepts being more exciting than others. The Gold Membership is one of the high points. A longtime subscriber contacted me recently and said they received a renewal promotion that simply offered the same package that was available last…

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worried about the welts

BRUISED LIKE CRAZY on my arms.” Those words, spoken by Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Elliott on Oct. 8, became a microcosm of many stoppers’ seasons. The NHL’s new streamlined goaltending equipment, contoured closer to the upper body, had Elliott feeling the effect of every puck that struck him. A day after he expressed his distaste for the new gear’s safety standards: a career-worst eight-goal shelling at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. We’re not picking on Elliott. Through early November, goalies had combined for a .909 save percentage, the lowest in 10 years. The league averaged 6.18 goals per game, the most since 1995-96. Part of the surge in offense began last year with the NHL’s crackdown on slashing, which slightly increased power-play frequency and gave high-skill players more space…

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meet a mascot

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS | ICEBURGH Hockey fan were introduced to Iceburgh, the official mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins, for the first time in 1992. He was an instant hit, but a few years into his tenure his popularity reached an all-time high. Iceburgh, along with other members of the Penguins such as Luc Robitaille, was featured in the 1995 Hollywood blockbuster movie Sudden Death starring action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme. During Game 7 of a fictional Stanley Cup final at the old Civic Arena, Van Damme’s character discovers there is a group of terrorists plotting to blow up the rink. One of the terrorists uses Iceburgh’s suit as a disguise and gets into a hilarious, three-minute-long fight scene with Van Damme. Not many mascots can say they’ve had that much time on…

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jersey hound

SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE | 2018-19 Bravo, San Antonio: You took the concept of themed jerseys to another level. The St. Louis Blues’ AHL affiliate didn’t do Halloween; instead, they went with Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead. The Rampage, who were renamed ‘Los Chimuelos’ for the night, rocked these sweaters, featuring an ornate skull logo inside an arch – which represents the traditional altars associated with the holiday (same for the marigolds). The team’s standard bull mascot was replaced with a cattle skull on the showstopping skull logo. And what are Chimuelos, you ask? Translation: the men with missing teeth. Perfect.…

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in the cards

RANDOMLY FOUND ONCE IN about every 72 packs of 1991-92 Pro Set Hockey Series 1 was this card which featured a striking photo of the famous mask worn by Patrick Roy during his tenure with the Montreal Canadiens. A rundown of Roy’s accomplishments up to that point could be found on the back of the card. It also credits the mask’s manufacturer as Michel Lefebvre and the designer as “G.K.” from Detroit. This card, the first to really focus on a goalie mask’s art, prompted other companies to release their own mask-related sets over the next two decades. PUCKJUNK.COM…