Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/04/06 at 11:04 AM ET
Enter Al McKinney of Lachine, until now the unknown Igor to whom every hockey goalie of the past five decades owes a few of their own teeth. Almost 50 years ago, face caked in a thick plaster, straws inserted up his nostrils so he wouldn't suffocate, McKinney surrendered himself to Bill Burchmore, a sales and promotion manager at Montreal-headquartered Fiberglas Canada Ltd. Then, on Nov. 1, 1959, Canadiens goaler Jacques Plante skated onto Madison Square Garden ice behind a fiberglass mask. He was the NHL's startling answer to Lon Chaney in the 1925 horror film Phantom of the Opera - or, of a more recent vintage, Anthony Hopkins's Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs.more...long read but very informative... picture via hockemasks.com
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