This is the origin of the painted goalie mask:
On Halloween 1972, Doug Favell's white mask was painted bright orange in a prank to make him look like a Jack O' Lantern. It was the first goalie mask paint job in hockey.
All these years later mask painting has become big business, filled with personalized and intricate artwork. Flaming skulls and screaming spirits and wielding wizards and menacing gargoyles.
But I far prefer masks of the 1970s and even 1980s. Why? Because I can see the mask in the stands and on my television set. Sure the masks were simple, but that is far better than today's intricate masks only the goal judge can see. All these amateur airbrush mask painters today should stick to painting the sides of vans.
Give me Patrick Roy's Canadiens mask or Mike Richter's Statue of Liberty mask or Eddie Belfour's eagle or Andy Moog's bear any day of the week.
HHOF Haunted? - Some people believe the Hockey Hall of Fame is haunted. It turns out in 1953 a 19 year old bank clerk (the HHOF used to be a Bank of Montreal/BMO) killed herself with a gun in a bathroom.