It's Top Ten Tuesday! This week, inspired by the new book Saving Face: The Art And History Of The Goalie Mask, I rank my personal top ten goalie masks of all time.
#10. Eddie Belfour. Eddie The Eagle has been around in many color schemes over the years and travels. None is better than the Chicago original with the brilliant red background.
#9. Jason Voorhees. Okay, Jason was not a hockey player, but he sure knew how to slash. And his mask may be the most famous goalie mask of them all.
#8. Marty Turco - Gargoyles perched on a brick wall seem to be the perfect fit for a goaltender's mask.
#7. Andy Moog - Moog's bear really started the trend of having an animal on the mask devouring the person inside of it.
#6. Johnny Bower. Bower never wore this prototype of a mask in play. I wouldn't want a Bobby Hull slap shot hitting this mask!
#5. Patrick Roy - I know what you're going to say - it's just the logo on top of his head. But everyone can see it, including the guy who saved for months for the nosebleed seats to take his kid to the game to the guys at home watching on TV that never get to go to a game. Patrick Roy may have kept his mask simple, but by doing so he shared it with the true fans of the game.
#4. Gump Worsley. What mask, you say? Gump Worsley once said "My face is my mask." Great answer!
#3. Mike Richter. Virtually all of today's masks feature the finest details of art but no one can see them. Richter's Statue of Liberty mask was simple and beautiful, and you could see Lady Liberty from the nosebleed seats.
#2 Gerry Cheevers. Ah, the mask that started the painting craze. Every time Cheevers took a shot off the mask, he'd jiffy marker stitch marks on his white mask to thank his mask for saving his face.
#1. Gilles Gratton. Gratton was a weird guy, but his mask was amazing. It literally looks like there's a lion playing goal for the Rangers!