Brave Face: Wild Tales of Hockey Goaltenders in the Era Before Masks (Hardcover)

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Brave Face: Wild Tales of Hockey Goaltenders in the Era Before Masks (Hardcover)

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A fascinating and immersive chronicle of hockey's original maskless warriors

More than 400 stitches decorated Terry Sawchuk's face during his 16 years as a goaltender in the National Hockey League, the result of high-speed collisions and slapshots that whizzed directly at his skull. All in a day's work for an elite goalie of his era.

Before facemasks became standard equipment in the 1960s and '70s, men like Sawchuk, Glenn Hall, and Jacques Plante—the first goalie to ever wear a mask in the NHL—put their bodies on the line in the name of hockey, enduring broken bones, damaged organs, and even psychological turmoil.

In this thoroughly researched book, Rob Vanstone illuminates the stories of these intrepid warriors while examining how the goaltender position has changed throughout the decades. As masks evolved from ghoulish-looking creations not out of place in horror films to today's caged helmets with custom artwork, goalies' body positioning and tactics were similarly transformed along with NHL regulations.

Told with charm and verve, this is an essential portrait of a uniquely brutal and harrowing chapter in hockey history.
Rob Vanstone is a columnist for the Regina Leader-Post, where he has covered sports since 1986. He is the author of books including 100 Things Roughriders Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.
Product Details ISBN: 9781637272169
ISBN-10: 1637272162
Publisher: Triumph Books
Publication Date: November 7th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English