Intimidating masks

In this collage, the top photo from his days with Dallas (1996-99) takes the cake. Being a backup goalie for Martin Brodeur (which Dunham was from 1996-98) is a pretty thankless task.You’re only going to play in games that don’t mean much, and there’s no way you can possibly live up to that guy’s standards.But evaluating the two strictly in terms of their ability to induce shivers, I think you really have to give the upper hand to Mc Elhinney.Mc Elhinney is currently playing in the AHL, and played in the NHL most recently with the Senators.Yet, thankfully, goalies have maintained the tradition of painting terrifying images on their protective gear.In honor of this awesome tradition—and since the Halloween spirit is still in the air—today we take a look at the 12 scariest hockey masks in the history of the NHL. In his 8-year NHL career with the Stars, Blues, and Flames, Roman Turek had a handful of creepy masks—and all with a similar theme and style.Over time, as you can see, he came to look like quite the badass.I’m sure some purists would disagree with my placement of Gerry Cheevers’ famous “stitches mask” as low as #5 and behind a relative unknown like this mask from Curtin Mc Elhinney.

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His mask, however, belongs in the scary goalie mask Hall of Fame.The #1 scariest hockey mask of all time was the mask worn by Gary Bromley during his years with the Vancouver Canucks (1978-81).The backup goalie got the idea from his nickname, which for some reason was “bones.” It’s quite possible that the mask wouldn’t have been as terrifying if played for another team and wasn’t wearing those God-awful “V” sweaters the Canucks used to have.Today marks the 52nd anniversary of one of the most iconic artifacts in professional sports: the hockey goalie mask.On November 1, 1959, in a game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, legendary Montreal Canadiens netminder Jacques Plante became the first goalie in the NHL to wear a mask that entirely covered his face.

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