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. The purpose, of course, was to protect his face from flying chunks of frozen rubber. However, it also just so happened that the mask made Plante look absolutely terrifying. So it wasn’t long before other NHL goalies picked up on this and started getting creative with their mask designs as a way of intimidating opponents. Today’s goalie masks aren’t really masks, but helmets. 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. Enjoy!