With Halloween fast approaching, this week’s Top 10 focuses on scary art, in the form of goalie masks.
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Jacques Plante’s original mask, first worn in a game Nov. 1, 1959
Simplistic Hannibal Lector-like creepiness at its best.
Brian Hayward’s 1991-92 San Jose Sharks mask
Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the ice.
Franklin Farrell’s Team USA mask from the 1932 Winter Olympics
Not only would I be scared to stand in front of shooters wearing this flimsy thing, but Farrell looks reptilian wearing it.
Denis Lemieux’s Charlestown Chiefs mask from Slap Shot
When the team went mean, so did the equipment.
Gilles Gratton’s New York Rangers tiger mask
Legend has it Gratton used to growl at opposing players and once struck a cat’s pose and hissed during a brawl.
Gary Bromley’s 1980 Vancouver Canucks mask
Bromley’s mask could have been the inspiration for He-Man’s Skeletor character.
Curtis Sanford’s Vancouver Canucks “Sandman” mask
It’s the hollow eyes and fangs that get me.
Murray Bannerman’s 1980s Chicago Blackhawks mask
A Native-American motif that looks alien-creepy in a Japanese doll sort of way.
Mike Smith’s 2008-09 Saw-themed Tampa Bay Lightning mask
I don’t know what’s more disturbing, the images on the mask or the shameless cross-promotion.
Andy Moog’s Boston Bruins mask
No surprise that it’s adorned with a bear, but the eyes and teeth on top are as intense as anything before or since.
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