Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/29/11 at 09:35 PM ET
from Denis Grignon of the Toronto Star,
To that exclusive group of NHL goalies — a club that had withered to one until Chris Osgood’s retirement last week made it zero — it’s simply referred to as “The Helmet.”
The Detroit goalie’s three Stanley cups and 401 wins should stand as his crowning achievements. But it may be that round and red head bucket and white wire face grill that many fans will remember him for first.
What was originally the Cooper HM30 wasn’t always perceived as an antiquated piece of goalie gear that belonged in a display case. Once it was seen as futuristic, as evidenced by its appearance in the first Tron flick and the original Robocop.
“We’d look at our reflection in the glass and think, ‘yeah, this is cool,’ ” reminisces Osgood about his time playing junior in Medicine Hat, about wearing the helmet and cat’s eye cage combo, which morphed into Bauer and Winwell versions in later years.
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