The 2013-14 NHL regular season is now in the books. That means 14 teams are making tee times while the other 16 get ready to contend for the Cup. However, before the real season begins, we’re going to take a few minutes to pay tribute to the most unique uniform element in all of pro sports: the goalie mask.
This was a particularly good year for goalie masks in the NHL. In addition to the annual “Winter Classic,” there were also the four “Stadium Series” games in L.A., New York, and Chicago, plus the “Heritage Classic” in Vancouver. That meant there were nine special edition uniforms worn this season, which provided the league’s goalies 18 more opportunities to come up with creative designs.
Add to this all the goalies who got new masks just for the hell of it (like Philly’s Steve Mason), as well as all the goalies who got traded (like Roberto Luongo), and you have an unprecedented number of masks to choose from. It’s like the golden age of goalie masks.
So which ones were the best? Well, we put together a top 20 for you. Take a look and tell us what you think.