To mark the release of the Leafs' throwback Reverse Retro jersey, we're taking a trip down memory lane, detailing the Blue and White's most recognizable goalie helmets-from Johnny Bower's barely there bucket to Cujo's bloodthirsty hound paint and all the remarkable buckets in between.
Forget helmet art: just wearing a mask at all was a major moment for this legendary Leaf. After forgoing one for nearly his entire career (the couple hundred stitches to Bower's face alone prove it), the '60s-era Hall of Famer eventually sported a Hannibal Lecter-looking dupe that was about as frightening as his fearless style of play.
Coming up in the early years of helmet art, Thomas opted for a graphic paint job, painting a Maple Leaf-flecked "X" across his eyes. Between its long, tapered shape and the striking design, it was a perfect fit for the 1976 All Star Game winner who later went on to develop major talent like Evgeni Nabokov and Miikka Kiprusoff.
Hometown boy Palmateer played bigger than his five-foot-nine frame. Known to pull away more nearly 20 feet from his net and take slapshots to the face, his minimalist helmet-designed with a dramatic zig zag dividing blue and white-ultimately did little to protect him. Hey, at least it looked good.
Perhaps Leafs Nation's most beloved puck stopper of all time, Potvin kept it sleek and simple with his '90s era lid. Highlighting flame-like flourishes and a set of fanged teeth (some say referencing Potvin's nickname, "Felix the Cat," a salute to his lightning-fast reflexes), it was one made for the posters plastering bedroom walls at the time.
The Leafs' winningest goalie this side of the millennium (that is, before Freddie Andersen recently nabbed the honour) was celebrated for his fiery, aggressive style of play. Fitting then that Cujo's helmet nodded to the crazed Stephen King canine of the same name. No doubt that wrapping his helmet with the teeth-baring beast made for an unforgettable image in a breakaway situation.
He might've been known for his precise butterfly playing style, but Belfour's reputation came thanks to a more menacing winged creature. His avian-printed helmet earned him the nickname "Eddie the Eagle," a moniker that stuck with the netminder for the duration of his 19-season, two-time-Vezina-winning playing career.
Though his stint in Toronto was a short one, Raycroft's memorable helmet paid homage to iconic Leafs throughout history-Darryl Sittler, Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark, plus two of his netminding predecessors, Felix Potvin and Johnny Bower, among them. Even the club's first Toronto home, Maple Leaf Gardens, makes an appearance on this throwback bucket.
Over his eight years in the NHL, Freddie has never missed a chance to show his appreciation for LEGO, the classic toy invented in his native Denmark (past helmet designs have included a Matrix-inspired take with Neo and Morpheus.) This lid from the 2018-2019 season features a brick-sized Batman set on the Toronto skyline, a way to commemorate both his homeland and adopted city.