NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes, in conjunction with the new Canada Post goaltender stamp series, provides his insight into the position he played for 11 seasons in the League.
This week, Weekes discusses the best goalie masks he's seen, past or present.
Not only did the mask that Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante wore in 1959 protect his face, it paved the way for goalie masks, which have become an iconic part of our game.
Plante was the first goalie to wear a mask, although it was quite plain. Each mask is a great canvas and an opportunity for a goalie to be able to show their artistic and creative sides in some ways that are personal to them.
Goalies have put their spins on different designs, whether it was a play on their nickname or had something to do with the team they were playing for, and there have been tons of great masks over the past 60-plus seasons.
Here's a look at my favorite ones (CLICK FOR GALLERY).