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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 8:20 pm    Post subject: Goalies in the 1940's blocking shots with their faces... Reply with quote

OUCH

How did it take them so long to invent the hockey mask? Brutal...
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goalies are badasses, that's all there is to it. Maybe a little to much, I would never play goal back then though. Laughing

I wonder how many of the hits in that video would be suspendable in today's NHL? Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jacques Plante was the first Goaltender to use a mask in an actual game in 1959 for Montreal after breaking his nose. After he refused to go back in unless he wore the mask his coach was livid but had no backup Goalie. Other goalies at the time criticized Plante for wearing a mask, imagine that. It wasn't until 1972 that all goalies wore masks, now days play is stopped if a Goaltender's gear falls off.

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Also contributing to his moodiness and self-doubt was the pressure of playing day in and day out despite repeated injuries — there were no backup goaltenders. He frequently played through pain, and during his career he had three operations on his right elbow, an appendectomy, countless cuts and bruises, a broken instep, a collapsed lung, ruptured discs in his back, and severed tendons in his hand. Years of crouching in the net caused Sawchuk to walk with a permanent stoop and resulted in lordosis (swayback), which prevented him from sleeping for more than two hours at a time. He also received approximately 400 stitches to his face before adopting a protective facemask in 1962




Those guys must have been borderline insane...
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DirtyDez wrote:
Jacques Plante was the first Goaltender to use a mask in an actual game in 1959 for Montreal after breaking his nose. After he refused to go back in unless he wore the mask his coach was livid but had no backup Goalie. Other goalies at the time criticized Plante for wearing a mask, imagine that. It wasn't until 1972 that all goalies wore masks, now days play is stopped if a Goaltender's gear falls off.

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Also contributing to his moodiness and self-doubt was the pressure of playing day in and day out despite repeated injuries — there were no backup goaltenders. He frequently played through pain, and during his career he had three operations on his right elbow, an appendectomy, countless cuts and bruises, a broken instep, a collapsed lung, ruptured discs in his back, and severed tendons in his hand. Years of crouching in the net caused Sawchuk to walk with a permanent stoop and resulted in lordosis (swayback), which prevented him from sleeping for more than two hours at a time. He also received approximately 400 stitches to his face before adopting a protective facemask in 1962




Those guys must have been borderline insane...


Didn't Sawchuck have depression too? I'm guessing he was a guy with CTE thus causing the depression. Scary what these guys went through and how crazy they were.
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bad-asses.

I'll still argue, hockey and football players are equal in terms of physicality. Tremendous athletes.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn. Can't get tougher than that
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 3:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



Seriously though, that was mental stuff.
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DirtyDez wrote:
Jacques Plante was the first Goaltender to use a mask in an actual game in 1959 for Montreal after breaking his nose. After he refused to go back in unless he wore the mask his coach was livid but had no backup Goalie. Other goalies at the time criticized Plante for wearing a mask, imagine that. It wasn't until 1972 that all goalies wore masks, now days play is stopped if a Goaltender's gear falls off.


It was actually Jacques Plante's team-mate, Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, who deserves most of the credit, because he was the one who invented the slap shot. At least he was the first NHL player to make extensive use of it. People thought Geoffrion was crazy when he first came into the league in 1952. However, within a few years you went from a game of low, accurate 70mph wrist shots to one of 100mph slap shots that routinely came in at face level.
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