We’ve entered the platinum age of goalie mask designs. It’s like television in the streaming era in that the quality has never been higher. Accomplished artists such as Dave Gunnarsson, Stephane Bergeron, Steve Nash and Sylvie Marsolais outfit their NHL clients with everything from 3-D effects to paint that changes colors when wet.
Yet something has disappeared during this boom of gorgeous art. Gone are the days when every star goalie sported a distinct, consistent design for which he was known. Gerry Cheevers had his stitches. Ed Belfour had his matching eagles. Today, goalies change masks almost as often as they re-tape their sticks. Some have different masks for home and away. Then we have special outdoor-game masks, one-off masks used for charity auctions and special anniversary desig...
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