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The early goalie masks are the greatest, full of Kabuki theatre, Haida, and Mexican wrestling mask references. Following changes in NHL policy, the first wave of goalie masks came into play in the early seventies. It was up to the goalies to create their own, which was the perfect climate for a wave of creativity and unique graphics. The originals are so fantastic and original, especially when compared to the airbrushed, and polished cages used today.
This mask, designed by legendary mask builder James Homuth, was one of the first that was designed to look good on colour tv (a new media evolution), and from a distance (fans in the stands), was a graphic phenomenon. The target remixed with the Montreal club logo, symbolized the team during its successful Stanly Cup run in the seventies.