The subject today is Andy Brown, the last NHL goalie to play without a mask. Andy Brown's nickname was "Fearless." It was well-earned.
The last NHL goalie to play without a mask was Andy Brown of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1974.
Worsley, of the Minnesota North Stars, and Brown (Detroit) went face-to-face — separated by nearly 200 feet, mind you — in the NHL's last all-maskless-goalie game, played on Dec. 31, 1972 in Bloomington, Minn. By then, the still-maskless Daley was with the WHA's Jets.
Sam St. Laurent was the final guy in the NHL to wear the fiberglass “face” mask, last appearing for the Red Wings in 14 games during the 1989-90 season. Yet, the very same classic goalie mask still “means” hockey–even though it was last used in the NHL 20 years ago.
You might remember it as the "Chris Osgood helmet." The three-time Stanley Cup champion was known for wearing the protective relic for his entire career, and when he last played an NHL game in January 2011, he was the final goaltender courageous enough to don one.
Montreal's Jacques Plante becomes first NHL goaltender to wear facemask. On November 1, 1959, the day after Halloween, Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens revolutionizes hockey by donning a facemask, the first NHL goaltender to do so in a regular-season game.
Nov 1, 1959: After taking a shot to the face, Jacques Plante returns to the game becoming the first goalie to regularly wear a protective mask.
Worsley was vehemently opposed to wearing a mask. He was the second-to-last professional hockey goaltender to play without a mask. Andy Brown of the Indianapolis Racers was the last, the following season—wearing a mask in the last six games of his career.
No, that honor goes to a player by the name of Clint Benedict. The Montreal Maroons goaltender became the first in the NHL to wear a face cover on February 20, 1930 after a shot from Howie Morenz broke his nose.
Gump finally relented with his final NHL team, the Minnesota North Stars. Receiving pressure from both Cesare Maniago and his wife, Gump ordered a mask prior to the 1973-74 season. Worsley first wore the mask in an NHL game on Oct. 13, 1973.
Jason got his hockey mask after Donnie tore off his burlap sack and the exposure caused an enraged Jason to kill him.
Jason was born with hydrocephalus and mental disabilities, and in order to hide his deformed face, he covered it all the time before adopting the hockey mask he's well-known for now.
The concerns about peripheral vision come from the fact that full facemasks have a chin cup, which blocks a player's view toward their feet, and the puck. That means that players have to look down to see the puck, and they're taught from the youngest ages that skating with your head down is a recipe for disaster.
Jacques Plante, hockey legend and goalie for the Montreal Canadiens hockey team (1954-1963), designed and built the first-ever fibreglass mask in 1956 to protect himself from being injured by flying pucks. At that time, he wore it during practices only.
Habs' Ken Dryden had his brother Dave build what was the beginnings of what we know of today's hockey masks when he cut the cage shape out of fiberglass. Phil Esposito added a cage over the mask itself to provide additional eye protection as well as a piece of fiberglass to give coverage to the back of the head.
Back in the day coaches believed that a mask would limit a goalie's field of vision, however, they would wear them in practice. They also believed that goalies were supposed to be fearless types (not to shy away from a puck).
On December 8th, 1987, former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall was the first goalie in NHL history to score a goal from an actual shot on goal.
The development of the modern version of organized ice hockey played as a team sport is often credited to James Creighton. In 1872, he moved from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Montreal, bringing skates, hockey sticks, and a game with a basic set of rules with him.
But Worsley emerged as one of the franchise's truly great goalies. Despite not winning an NHL playoff series until he was 35, he backstopped the Canadiens to four Stanley Cups in the 1960s, a team that won five championships in that decade to earn the moniker, 'The Forgotten Dynasty. '
The Minnesota North Stars were a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League between 1967 and 1993. In the fall of 1993, the franchise moved to Dallas, Texas, where it is now known as the Dallas Stars. The team's colors (for most of their history) were kelly green, gold and white.
Helmets in the National Hockey League
The first player to regularly wear a helmet for protective purposes was George Owen, who played for the Boston Bruins in 1928–29. In 1927, Barney Stanley presented a prototype of a helmet at the NHL's annual meeting. It was quickly rejected.
It was October 11, opening night of the 1962-63 season when legendary Red Wings goalie Terry Sawchuk -- who had won four Stanley Cups and eventually finished his illustrious career with 103 shutout victories – wore a full-facemask.
“The ref told me they changed some rules and to keep it down,” Komarov explained. “I don't see through it. That's the reason I'm wearing it up there. “So it's not like I'm being cocky or anything.