Aside from protecting the player’s face, goalie masks have the ability to look intimidating to the approaching players – and when it comes to customizing masks, hockey goalies have an advantage over most players. Their masks are typically the ones you see more than any others, so you get a better chance to literally stare at them and admire their style. Besides, most goalies know they’re the center of attention more often than not, so they go out of their way to wear masks that reflect their own style and interest, and are interesting to look at.
The standard white hockey masks of the early years have transformed into their own works of art. It seems that each goalie continually tries to outdo the next in design, but everyone has their own opinion of art, and there are plenty of NHL goalies that take their craft quite seriously.
While there are humorous masks on the list below, there are others that feature memorials or dedications to people that have been lost. Here are the 30 most incredible NHL goalie masks of all time.
Starting the list is the Chicago Blackhawks’ goalie. His traditional hockey mask was tweaked to fit the Blackhawk’s mascot. While it contains elements of the team, the mask itself almost looks like a kabuki mask. Bannerman sported this creepy mask during his run as goalie in the early to mid-1980s.