Gerry Cheevers “Scar” Goalie Mask

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“Well, when the mask first became a reality in the game of hockey, the first ones were all plain white and I hated wearing anything white. It was to me a sign of purity and I wasn’t in a pure business as far as I was concerned, and…one day this puck flipped up and hit me in this new white mask I had. I went to the dressing room, and Harry Sinden, who was coaching, came in and painted a big 12-stitch cut on my mask and I got a chuckle out of that and we went from there. A very, very simple thing happened there but maybe, just maybe I was the pioneer in the art of decorations of masks. That’s what I’d like to think about it.”

Source: “A Life in the Game”, The Hockey Show, 1999

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