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By Raymond Plante

Translated by means of Darcy Dunton.

Jacque Plante, the 1st nationwide Hockey League goalie to on a regular basis put on protecting facemask, was once recognized for roving out of his web. "The Masked Marvel" gained the Vezina trophy seven occasions and have become a member of the Hockey corridor of repute.

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Humans remembered that Gerry McNeil had ended his occupation in advance simply because his worry of damage had made him too apprehensive in the course of video games. Terry Sawchuk of the Bruins had stopped enjoying in mid-season that 12 months, claiming that he was once “eating a lot an excessive amount of rubber. ” The masks: all of it got here backtrack to the masks. Goaltending has continually been the main harmful place in hockey, yet quite a few years prior to, there have been just one or avid gamers according to staff who had mastered the artwork of the slapshot. In a brief period, the volume of those lethal photographs had extended and the possibilities of a goalie being injured had sharply elevated. younger forwards like Bobby Hull may well hearth pictures that reached a velocity over a hundred and sixty kilometres an hour. whether the goaltender used to be no longer hit without delay by way of this kind of zingers, a ricochet may be nearly as risky. possible think the influence of a puck traveling at one hundred seventy five kilometres an hour hitting a goalie’s naked face. earlier than he wore the masks for the 1st time in average season play on that first of November, Jacques himself had acquired greater than 200 stitches to his face. His nostril were damaged 4 instances; his cheekbones and jawbones had additionally been fractured. numerous of those accidents have been inflicted by means of teammates in the course of practices. In 1954, a shot by means of Habs left-winger Bert Olmstead had shattered Jacques’ cheekbone and had stored him off the ice for 5 weeks. The yr after that, his left cheekbone and his nostril have been fractured through a shot through teammate Don Marshall, deflected through the big Butch Bouchard. A considerate fan had despatched Jacques, anonymously, a protecting plastic masks that lined his face from brow to chin. Jacques had started utilizing it frequently in the course of practices, even supposing his variety of imaginative and prescient used to be no longer 100% whole. in the course of one consultation, he had foregone the masks and had bought a puck among the eyes; after that, he had worn it unfailingly in the course of practices. It had turn into permitted to put on this extra safety in the course of perform classes, yet now not within the video games. On best of getting to turn out his element to his trainer, Jacques’ cutting edge gesture had introduced him a hail of feedback from different resources. a number of competitors of using protecting headgear have been outspoken in belittling him – in fact, nearly none of them had ever needed to stand among the objective posts whereas being uncovered to pictures by means of well-trained athletes on the height in their shape. Jacques ran the gamut of comments of every kind. the common feedback mirrored the entrenched attitudes of diehard conservatives. Rationalizations abounded, for instance: “It will get too scorching below the masks and the sweat runs into the goalie’s eyes. ” “The visibility isn’t more than enough: Piante can’t see whilst the puck is close to his ft. ” “The masks is simply too heavy: it traces his neck muscle tissues and makes his head movement extra slowly. ” a number of the reviews have been legitimate. Jacques himself had stated that the mask he had worn in the course of perform classes weren’t excellent. although, a number of the hockey pundits used extra puerile excuses for banning the masks from typical video games.

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