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Saving Face, The Art and History of the Goalie Mask | First Edition



Saving Face, The Art and History of the Goalie Mask | First Edition
By Jim Hynes and Gary Smith

One of the most popular books on goalie masks ever published.

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Weight 1.9 lbs
Dimensions 8.86 × 0.79 × 10.63 in


Who was the first goaltender to wear a mask in a game? Who was the last to go without one? When did goalies start painting their masks?

These are just a few of the questions-each with a fascinating story behind it-that are answered in this definitive book on goalie masks.

Saving Face: The Art and History of the Goalie Mask looks at the development of the mask from its earliest days as a rudimentary face-saving device to its current high-tech design. bullet-proof construction and cutting-edge artwork.

Saving Face is a visual journey, too. More than 150 historic and modern photos, including 30-plus full-page shots of some of the most famous masks ever created, support a text that weaves the tale of the mask’s development.

Based on extensive archival research and exclusive interviews, Saving Face tells the story of the goalies behind the mask, and their fight for the right to wear one. It also looks at mask makers, like the little-known face-mold-making pioneers who experimented with materials such as plastic fiberglass in basement workshops, and the talented artisans and artists behind hockey’s modern masterpieces.

While goaltenders the world over owe a debt of thanks to those who created, developed, championed and continuously improved the mask, hockey fans everywhere are thankful too. For the mask today has gone far beyond its original function-saving face-to become the most unique and intriguing piece of equipment in all of sports.


Format Hardcover
Dimensions 160 pages, 8.86 × 10.63 × 0.79 in
Published August 15, 2008
Publisher Griffintown Media
Language English
ISBN-10 0470155582
ISBN-13 978-0470155585

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