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Goalie Masks

Welcome back readers!

In my last article I talked about all the gear that you are going to need to get started in goal. In the next series of articles I want to cover each area, and give you insights on not only how to make an informed purchase, but also how to make sure you are getting something that is going to protect you, and also something that fits right. Lets get to it!

1. The goalie mask.

If you know nothing about masks, chances are the only thing you are going to get experience with is the stock masks that your local hockey store has.  Generally they are a mass produced mask, usually made out of some type of plastic and while they can be protective and safe, you really need to know what level you will be using the mask at, and make a decision based on that.

Let me say one thing before we dig further into the different types of masks that are out there…THIS IS ONE AREA YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE CHEAP WITH! Take what you think you want to spend on a mask, and add another $200-$400 to that total, and then start your search. This is your head we are talking about, and if you find that “killer” deal on a mask, most likely what you are going to get is a “killer” injury. Again I cannot stress this enough, DON’T SKIMP ON YOUR MASK PURCHASE. I have seen a lot of people buy a cheap mask, and a month or so later it is chipped, cracked, or even worse they have gotten a head injury from it failing to protect them. A good quality mask will last you for many years, and is well worth the extra cash you are going to spend to get one.

There are many different companies that make a good quality mask these days, and I am not here to tell you which company to choose from. I would just suggest do your research and you will find a reputable mask maker that is willing to go above and beyond to make your mask purchase an unforgettable experience. Many of these craftsman actually deal with NHL clients, so you know you are getting a great product. In addition to that, many of these mask makers are a lot more reasonably priced than you would expect! A good place to start your research is using our  inGoal Magazine mask maker directory.

(Disclaimer: check with your hockey association before looking at masks to make sure you are looking at the right ones. Some associations require that goalies use a HECC or CSA certified mask. NOT ALL MASKS ARE CERTIFIED!)


Ok, with that being said lets move on to the fun side of this article, and that is the masks!

There are several styles of masks on the market today, that are all equally protective (that was not always the case).

I am going to start with the most commonly worn style in today’s goaltending world and that is:

The Full mask.

(Below are a few photos which is just scratching the surface to the different looks and styles you can get in a full mask.)

Turco. Thanks to Warwick Masks for the photo, all rights reserved

Turco. Thanks to Warwick Masks for the photo.

Cam Ward. Thanks to Sportmask for the photos, all rights reserved

Cam Ward. Thanks to Sportmask for the photo.

This style of mask is popular for a few different reasons:

  • Considered to be more protective – the mask is one solid piece and is designed to deflect impact away from the goaltenders head and throughout the mask. What does that mean? If you get struck with the puck on the mask, there are ridges and many curved areas, the mask takes the impact and absorbs some of it, and spreads the rest of the shock throughout the mask away from the Goaltender. In the end it saves you from possible concussions, cuts and bruises. In most cases all you may feel is a slight sting, or even just some mild pressure. And of course a little noise.
  • Fully customizable – this mask as a lot of open paintable areas which is favorable for a goalie who would like to get his or her mask painted at some point. (As always only use a certified mask painter if you are going to get your mask painted)
  • Looks – sleek in design and somewhat intimidating, a lot of goaltenders prefer this style of mask just for the looks alone.

Buyers tips: What to look for in this style of mask.

If you are considering going custom (getting a mask specifically built and/or fitted for YOU)

  • Make a mold of your face, it ensures a perfect fit. (see How to make a head mold).
  • Check to make sure the mask maker has a good reputation. Talk with them- in my experience most of the reputable mask makers will be more than willing to talk with you about your mask and needs.
  • Do a little research – the internet is an awesome tool to find out all the info you need on a specific mask maker.

If you are looking to buy something used, or off the shelf

  • Check to make sure the foam in the mask is still pliable and not hard and stiff. (If the foam is stiff, and brittle most mask makers offer a refurbishing service for a charge to get the mask touched up and repadded).
  • Check the fit of the mask – you should not have any large gaps between the foam and your head anywhere in the mask.
  • Check for any rusted parts – If there are any rusted or corroded parts these can and should be replaced before use. (Clips, snaps, and plastic buckles should all be thoroughly checked out before use).
  • Check for bent cages – if the cage is bent the mask did it’s job, BUT you need to replace the cage ASAP to make sure you are still being protected properly.
  • Flexibility – The mask should offer a little side to side flex (hold the mask between your hands and push on the sides) but not too much. If the mask is too flexible it will not offer very good impact protection, and if it is too stiff, the energy dampening design will not be as effective in deflecting away the impact of the shots.

Now on to another popular style of masks which is:

The Combo Mask (combines helmet and cage, but not as a one piece design)

Hasek Style Combo mask

Hasek Style Combo mask

This style of mask is popular because: (it is a less used style of mask, but some people still swear by it)

  • It is considered to offer better sight lines and a more open view.
  • It is considered to have better breathability and allow body heat to escape faster.
  • It is considered to be lighter than the Full Mask style.
  • Newer models (Warwick 357, pictured above) are just as protective as a full mask. (Warwick 357 Hasek style mask is available at Warwick Mask Company if you are interested in this style of mask).

Buyers tips: What to look for in this style of mask.

  • If you are buying new check for proper fit, again there should be no gaps between your head and the foam.
  • If you are going for the older plastic style combo mask with the attached cage, look for cracks, check the foam, and check for proper fit. Also make sure the cage fits on the mask properly and there are no large gaps or open areas.
  • The newer style combo masks offer the same protection as the full mask style, but the older plastic combo masks do not, so purchase one of these masks according to the level of play you will be taking part of.
  • Again do your research!

And finally I want to touch on one more style of mask, which is the best of the Full mask and the Combo mask together.

The Sportmask Mage.

Tim Thomas. Thanks to Sportmask for the photos, all rights reserved

Tim Thomas. Thanks to Sportmask for the photo.

Tobias Stephan. Thanks to Sportmask for the photos, all rights reserved

This style of mask is popular because:

  • It offers the same protection as the Full mask.
  • Offers better sight lines, and breatheability, due to an oversize face opening.
  • Allows goaltenders to still customize their mask, and offers a nice large paintable area.
  • Somewhat lighter than the full mask due to less material.
  • Unique and attention getting style.

Buyers tips: What to look for in this style of mask.

  • There is only one manufacturer of this mask, check them out at Sportmask.com.
  • Prefer an open mask/combo mask feel.

Fitting a Mask

Now that you know a little bit more about the styles available for the goaltender today, lets talk about getting a proper fitting mask.

If you are going to be purchasing a used mask, or a stock mask there is a general measurement you will want to take or know.

Measure just above the eyebrow

Measure just above the eyebrow

Get a measuring tape and measure around your head, just above the eyebrow. Then refer to the mask manufacturers sizing charts for the size that will closest fit you (This measurement does not take in to consideration people with wider or narrower, long or shorter faces, this is for general fitting purposes only). Also if you wear fitted hats, your hat size can help you determine what size mask you may need.

If you are going for a custom fitting mask, there are a few things you will need to do, depending on the mask maker.

Some ask you for a face mold, you can refer to How to make a head mold for easy to follow instructions on making a mold of your face.  This is so they can ensure the perfect fit for you.

Other mask makers may just need measurements, which they will provide you with which ones to take, again ensuring a proper fitting custom mask.

Mask Adjustment

So, you have made your purchase whether it is a custom mask, stock, or used, you have it in your hands, now it is time to try it on and fit it up properly. You don’t want a loose mask, but you don’t want something that is so tight it will never come off of your head!

Upper and lower adjustment straps

Upper and lower adjustment straps

Chin Cup

Chin Cup

Here are a few guidelines on getting that proper fit.

First loosen the chin cup (with some masks this can be as simple as adjusting the strap on the cup, with others it is adjusted by pre-cut holes in the chin cup strap that are attached to the mask with screws – varies by mask model).  Push your mask tight to your forehead. Start with the top snap of the harness (top/center at the back of the mask). Adjust until back the plate comfortably fits the contour of your head – while holding mask snug to forehead. Adjust the rest of the harness snugly, working down to the bottom of the back plate. Re-tighten chin-cup. Chin-cup should maintain constant contact with the chin whether mouth is open or closed.

As with anything, there is always more to learn about this topic. I have just barely touched the surface on all the information that is out there on goalie masks. Become well informed and use the tools you have available to do some research before you head out to buy a mask. The information you gather will help you out tenfold in the long run. Happy mask shopping!

And as always if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to email me at [email protected] or comment below!

Special thanks again  to Tony Priolo from Sportmask and Gary and Shelley Warwick from Warwick masks for letting me use their photos! All rights reserved.

About The Author

Kris VanWagner

Kris is a current rec league tender, who used to try and survive in the college and semi pro ranks. He also is a goaltending coach working with all levels of goaltenders. He also dabbles with gear repair, and modification. He spends his spare time writing for inGoal, and thinking non stop about hockey.

40 Comments

  1. paul szabo

    Thanks for a good article Kris. Just a couple of comments: unfortunately, I think there is a prevailing attitude that a goalie mask, esp. an expensive one, is a prerequisite at every level. It puts a lot of pressure on parents to put up big $$ when I think it is not always warranted. First of all, if the player helmet and cage weren’t safe, then guys like Osgood and everyone who wore a combo before him would have suffered career ending injuries by the ton. There is no way, in my opinion, that anyone playing minor hockey couldn’t wear a regular player helmet and cage safely. Does it look less cool? Yes, but that is another story altogether.
    Second: masks cost a lot often because of the decoration. Fibreglass is used because it can be painted (at 300-500$ a shot), unlike the cheaper poly masks. But are these polycarbonate masks less safe? If they were, why are ALL player helmets made of the same thing? I wore a JOFA combo for about 15 years with no injuries, playing an average of 80 games a season. Since I changed to a maks, strangely, I seem to get hit more often in the head. Go figure…
    My new mask looks cool, but it is way heavier, way hotter and way more expensive than my old Jofa…
    Paul Szabo
    Passion Gardien de But Goalie School

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  2. Kris VanWagner

    Paul,

    Thanks for the comment, and in some ways I agree with you and in others I don’t. Like I stated in the beginning of my article, depending on what level of hockey you play should determine what level of mask you use. Some masks are all fiberglass (very heavy, not so expensive) others incorporate Aramid (Kevlar), and some like the new Warwick masks have a vibration dampening membrane (that is used on submarines) to help stop the ringing of shots. Again it all depends on what type of mask you get, and also being informed and making a wise decision on that mask. This article was not really to debate whether one is more protective than the other (although if you ask Osgood about the nice gash he got on his forehead a few years back, I bet he may side with the full mask) but more about being informed and making the purchase that is right for the situation (level) you find yourself playing hockey in.

    If you are getting hit more often in the head now, maybe it is a natural reaction that you aren’t scared to get hit now, and don’t move out of the way???

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  3. David T

    My ten year old has faced some shots I wouldn’t want to be behind. The more protection the better!

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  4. Jason

    Its your head…why go cheap?

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    • John

      Hi, i play minor hockey in Canada, and I use the full mask with a certified square-eyed cage. I am wondering if I can use a non certified cat-eye cage in minor hockey. The cage I am talking about is the cage in the picture of the full mask. Like henrik lunqvuist’s cage. Anyone please let me know if I can use one? Thanks

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      • Dan

        John,
        you cannot use a non certified cat-eye cage in minor hockey. They are banned due to lack of coverage and huge gaping holes. Pro goalie can use them because the NHL does not require pros to wear CSA certified masks or cages.
        Hope this helps…
        P.S. When you’re older buy a protechsport mask…its custom fitted to your head, handmade in canada, relatively inexpensive (~$500 for a full fiberglass shell) and you can request a cat’s eye cage. I had Michel make me one and its AMAZING!!! Same kinda style as Louongo, Brodeur, Price, Bernier, etc…

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  5. Kris

    amen man amen

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  6. Kris

    D,

    Those masks are fine for youth hockey. They are expensive due to the design, and name of course.

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  7. ALAIN DOUCET

    HI I WANT MY MASK TO BE PAINT I HAVE MY DESING , HOW MUCH DOEST IT COST

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  8. Jason cox

    Hey everyone I may be able to lend a hand with some of your questions and comments and my thoughts on the subject. I have been a goalie for many years and have played even at the pro level so I have had a few different masks in my days. Age and level of play is one of the main factors in determining what type of mask you should get. Yes your mask is the one piece of equipment you don’t want to be cheap with but for parents who arnt rolling in doe there is no need for a top of the line mask when your child will out grow it in a few years. Take a look at the skill level your child is playing and how often. Alot of masks have a suggested frequency of play which is worth taking a look at when making up your mind on what mask to get. Before you let a salesman talk you into the most expensive mask in the store think of the caliber of shots your child is facing obviously if your child is at a level where kids can barely raise the puck you don’t need a mask that is pretty much bullet proof or a mask that is more expensive due to a double layer of frontal padding. Once your child starts to reach a level where players can take slapshots and get it off the ice usually is when Your kids head won’t get much bigger so you can spend a little extra since they won’t be out growing it and you want a bit more padding to face the harder shots. Now you may be thinking even though my kid isent facing hard shots right now what happens if he falls backwards and hits his head well when you fall backwards the eleastic straps are the item doing the absorbing with the most commonly used goalie masks so you don’t really need to worry. The main thing to look for is make sure it is an approved mask if your child is playing ice hockey (street hockey masks arnt enough protection!). And my thoughts but a mask suited to your level of play and frequency of play. If your going to be playing more then 2 times a week spend a little more and your mask might last a little longer. But if the shot quality and age dosent call for a top of the line mask then save yourself some money.

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  9. Jw

    i’m working on revitalizing the sk2000 in full fiber glass, just want to know if there’s any interest in this particular model, let me know.

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  10. Doug Anderson

    I am just getting back between the pipes after many years off. Loving it! I have been doing extensive internet research about a helmet/cage combo. I love the Sportmask SM-90 senior cage, and am looking for a new helmet to go with it. I know of the older helmet models recommended for “Old School Combo Guys”, but I want to get a new helmet. A rep. with The Hockey Shop in Surrey, BC, recommended the Bauer 7500, and said that is a popular choice among Combo fans. I have not been able to find anything on the net about that helmet as a combo choice. Any advice on a new helmet option for a combo? The only thing I have found is the Reebok 3k (Jofa 390), which I can’t find for sale anywhere online in the states or canada. Thoughts?

    Doug
    St. Paul, MN

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  11. Matt

    Just so everyone interested knows, the Sportmask is not the only company that makes the Tim Thomas Mage style mask. I know for a fact that Eddy Masks has an almost identical mask called Eddy Vision. Also, a small Ontario company Coveted Masks offers the Z-Combo which uses the normal design of the one-piece hybrid mask but with the same sized face hole as the Mage or Vision. There is one other small Canadian company that offers a design akin to the Z-Combo, but I can’t think of the name at this moment. I’m just offering some insight for those who do not like the feel of the Mage or who do not like Sportmask and would like an alternative. Ron at Coveted Masks is great with customers and answers all questions very quickly.

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  12. Steve

    So are there any specifications on any goalie mask that tell you how much shock or trauma is induced into the wearers head with a 60 mph shot to them? If not then why? I see video on you tube showing a puck hitting themask at160 mph and it doesn’t crack but how much of that blunt trauma transfers into your gray matter? Why don’t mask makers publish specifications on this?

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  13. Todd W

    Hi Steve,
    If you think about it, there are simply too many variables to accurately calculate the amount of impact force that gets to your head. The g-force reduction of the foam at a certain thickness could be listed, but even that is not helpful for anything but comparing different foams. How hard the actual foam in the mask acts will depend on how much foam is in contact with your head, in the direction of the impact force. More foam surface area means the foam acts harder, so an impact from the side versus the top of the mask could act differently. The US armed forces are testing different foams for use in helmets. Their research is a good start, but I believe they use 3/4″ thick foam in their helmets and a goalie mask uses thinner foam. The temperature of the foam is also different, so choosing something to use involves some educated guesswork. Searching for Project Wendy or Kemmler Shocktec might lead to some older articles on the military testing.

    Regardless of how hard it is to provide quantifiable data, a good mask will be shaped to do several things:
    A) Fit your head perfectly with sufficient foam thickness.
    B) Deflect the puck rather than absorb the full impact force. (If the puck glances off, you absorb less impact energy, so shape is also important.)
    C) Be sufficiently rigid that the shell won’t flex enough to let the puck bend the shell into your head at the area of impact. That could allow the puck to compress only the padding under the impact area, while a very rigid shell spreads the impact force over a larger area.

    The shape will also affect how the mask balances, how much it weighs, your field of vision, ventilation. The chin drop will affect how it interacts with your chest/arm protector and your neck coverage if you don’t wear a dangler. I’m sure there are other things that I can’t think of right now.

    Once you reach a certain quality level of mask, fit is the key to being adequately protected. You’ll find many stock shells that are sufficiently rigid and strong, and that have good padding material, but you need to find the one that fits your head shape best. And if you can’t find a stock shell that fit’s perfectly, then you’ll want to find a custom fit or even a custom made shell.

    Good luck,
    Todd

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  14. Tony in Winnipeg

    Should a mask flex and absorb some impact or be as ridged as possible to dissipate the point of contact? Based on price the mentality would appear to look for rigidity. Squeeze the chin on a NME3 and there is a lot of flex there, which is fine for 10 year olds and under. Pro masks like the 961 made of fiberglass have no flex at all. NME7s have multi-density foam with cushion zones whereas pro masks appear (to me) to have a single density foam. New models are sporting suspension systems. Would be interested to know what exactly is being tested to be CSA approved. I saw a video a while back on how manufacturers test motorcycle helmets; a drop from 6 feet and a drop from 12 feet and measure the impact. Not very comforting.

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  15. Kkwilky

    My daughter is nine and plays rep hockey in first year atom. She wants a new goalie mask and has her eye on the NME 3 Predator mask. Is this a safe mask for her? I can not afford to get a mask painted and she really wants a design mask and nothing with skulls. But I most importantly want to know that the mask is safe and so far sales men have been steering me away from the NME mask.
    Keep in mind she will be wearing this mask for a few years.

    Thanks

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    • ToddW

      Hi Kkwilky,

      I think Rep is similar to Travel hockey down here in the US, so your daughter will be facing shots from good 9 to 13 year old players wearing this mask. By 12 and 13, the shots are getting pretty hard, but almost any mask will still be OK from a shell strength point of view. The real risks to your daughter are going to be knees to the head and hitting the ice or post.

      I would encourage you not to choose a mask based on graphics. Choose it based on fit. Then, even if it still fits, make sure the foam is still soft at the start of each season. Fit is the most important thing. If there are any loose spots, add some padding. As long as it isn’t a lot, that’s safe. Too much and the mask may wiggle in use. Don’t take any padding out though if the mask is tight. Just find a different mask. If the pretty mask doesn’t fit and paint is too much money, look into some vinyl decals. http://www.leblancdesigns.com/vinyl/stock%20vinyl/stock%20vinyl.html

      Best regards,
      Todd

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      • Kkwilky

        Thanks Todd,
        I think we have decided against the NME 3 and aRe going to get the NME 5. It fits her head well. It is not made of fibre glass but I think it will be a good helmet for her for a couple of years. We were going to go with the Bauer 940 but it doesn’t fit her head as well. Any major concerns with the NME 5? I am also concerned with her falling and hitting her head. And am not sure about the whole NME line because it is plastic not fibre glass.
        Thanks again for your help.

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        • ToddW

          I think the shell on the 3 and 5 are the same, so not sure why anyone would steer you away from the 3 to towards the 5. The 5 just has dual density foam. I honestly don’t know if that is better for young kids. I tend to think the foam in youth/junior masks should be softer than in adult masks, so the 3 might be just as good as the 5 for her. My son liked the fit of those too, because the shell flexed enough to let it fit almost anyone. Of course, that means in does very little if the kids takes a stick/skate/post to the head. I don’t like to recommend brands, but in this case, I would suggest you have her try on an Eddy Tusk 2. It’s a much much much better shell. In my opinion, if it fits, the Tusk is the best junior mask made by far. It’s what my son wore until he outgrew it.

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  16. Brenden Life

    Hey, Paul. I’m 12 years old. I have played hockey for years now. With experience I would NOT use a player helmet. I had in my first year that gave me ear damage. A couple of pucks and your ears don’t stop ringing! I know use a Bauer Profile Pro 960 and it has lasted me years. About 500 dollars but isn’t it worth the protection? Anyways a regular player helmet can damage you. I don’t know how to end this but I guess thanks for reading and hopefully taking my advice on the helmet!

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  17. Brenden Life

    Sorry to butt in again but KkWilky I started first year goalie too. As long as she can now skate she won’t have trouble when it comes to hitting the head. I have never actually hit my head on the ice or post only as a player. She’s rep right? She will be pretty good I think! Don’t take my opinion seriously i’m just butting in!

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    • ToddW

      That’s not butting in, Brenden, it’s offering an opinion.
      I’d respond by saying the only goalie concussion I’ve seen this season at the pee wee travel level was a knee to the head. The goalie was down in a butterfly position. Player couldn’t stop or turn quick enough with the D-following them in.
      On the post, one of the U-16 goalies got mild a concussion when his head got smacked into the post during a pile. I didn’t see that game. Those things shouldn’t happen, but play a few years, and something that shouldn’t happen will likely happen.

      Your mask isn’t only to prevent injury from routine events like a raised shot, it’s also there to prevent an injury from those rare mishaps you see once or twice a season.

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  18. kkwilky

    Thanks everyone for your comments and feedback.
    It was all very helpful. Being a hockey parent is new to me, being a goalie parent is a whole new world.
    There should be a manual!!! This forum is great. Thanks again.

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  19. Lisa Needham

    I have a 7yr old who is playing goalie. I just purchased a refurbished helmet, and now reading the article, I am worried. We we just using his regular helmet, but after a couple of shots to the head, I wanted more protection. But I could not afford the cost. The refurbished on “looks” good, but there is still a lot of room. Is there somewhere I can bring it to maybe get extra padding or a better understanding of how to properly fit it?

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    • Brenden Life

      I was fine around that age wearing a player helmet. The shot’s weren’t as hard. But once I was in Atom I had to have a mask that’s when I started noticing the hits of pucks. You don’t have to take my word but if you’re worried and think you should get a helmet. Check this site out – http://www.puregoalie.com/helmets-masks They have much cheap gear with good protection ( cheap for goalie gear) Remember that no goalie gear is very cheap. I’m not very good at ending paragraphs but thanks for reading this.

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  21. dave roach

    what do all the numbers and make mean for example NME3 or 950 senior

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    • Cedric

      Nothing really, they’re just model identification. NME and Profile are the series and 3 and 950 are the specific models.

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  22. Rob Lamberti

    Interesting article and discussions. Price may reflect some of the work and protection, but as seen in the Virginia Tech study on helmets, price doesn’t necessarily reflect protection. And further, their helmet tests showed none of the hockey helmets scored very highly. Only one scored at 3/5 stars and the rest were 2/5 and 1/5 and 0/5. I hope they intend on studying goalie masks.
    http://www.beam.vt.edu/helmet/helmets_hockey.php

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  23. Rob Lamberti

    BTW, Ontario girls hockey want a concussion assessment if a goalie hears ringing in her ears after taking a puck to the head.

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    • Daniel

      Ringing happens after every hit to the head it doesn’t mean you have a connection I got hit win a shot going about 15 km/h and had ringing with my Bauer c1 mask

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  24. Curtis

    My son is trying out for Bantan rep in Canada and has been using a Bauer Jr. Profile 1200, type 3 for PeeWee. What would you suggest we look at for him for the next couple of years?

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    • Cedric

      Stay away from all Bauer masks except Profile 960, I am second year Bantam rep in Canada and would suggest the Sportmask T3 and Razor also the Bauer Profile 960. All these masks are made in Canada with high quality materials and all retail for about 800$ except the Razor which is 500$. As for CCM, although I don’t know much about them, my friend bought a new CCM pro mask and the first few times he used it in the cage bent and later on the mask cracked from a slap shot. Overall, the profile 1200 will not cut it, he’ll be injured since it offers minimal protection. If you have any other questions, I would be happy to answer

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      • Curtis

        Thanks Cedric. Do you know what certification of masks is needed for Bantam in BC?

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        • David Hutchison

          same as anywhere in Canada…CSA I believe it is.

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    • Daniel

      I play aa Bantom rep and don’t get it. Get your son the Bauer nme 8 or Bauer c2 make sure that they fit the two Bauer masks are not that expensive but they have good protection.

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  25. Hellion designs

    I sell otny masks and the above mentioned companies minus bauer and ccm use our cages. All are masks are 100% hand made to ur specs. I also custom paint too. Best mask ive touched and studied ever. Thats why i now sell em

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  26. John Nicholas Pothitos

    Just to inform the public and my clients (pro and non-pro), I had taken a leave of absence due to passing of family members, plus hip surgery.
    I have started although my new website is not up yet. I had just finished a mask for Switzerland as well as a few locals in and around the Vancouver B.C area.
    For those of you that do not know me, I make and paint high end custom goalie masks here in Vancouver. N.H.L clients in the past; Trevor Kidd (Carolina, Florida, Toronto) Kevin Weekes (Vancouver), Jouquin Gage (Edmonton), Jimmy Waite (San Jose). Plus I have with me masks from Evgeni Nabokov, Olaf Kolzig, and Corey Hirsch, (San Jose, Washington and the Portland Pirates. I have also produced masks for the A.H.L, ECHL WHL, BCJHL, NCAA and Europe.
    I assure each and everybody that I do not use carbon graphite materials or titanium cages (all recipes for disasters). As now, N.H.L Operations and the Pro Trainers Society have been concerned regarding the damage and injuries with the masks, presently. And as a result, the N.H.L is now investigating and certifying goalie masks, as Kay Whitmore (N.H.L Operations Equipment) had informed me.
    I have also been informed by trainers, goalie coaches, and goalies themselves, of the problems they have come across with the masks they had used. Everything from facial and mouth stitches, to broken eardrums, broken teeth, concussions and even fractured skulls, all due to improper materials and ill fitting masks. Even as recent when we had the A.H.L here with the Abbotsford Heat, when I was seeing all the visiting teams.
    I ONLY use stainless steel cages (from OTNY Wire in Toronto), 2 types of cloth, Kevlar and a high end resin. I also have my trade secrets on how I put the mask together since the early 90’s. And I service my customers where ever they are located, and every mask is custom fit and guaranteed for life.
    I hope to get my new website up soon, but in the meantime I would be more than happy to assist and answer any questions and forward numbers, My email is; [email protected].

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Andrei Vasilevskiy was the game’s first star and Jake Allen kept his team in it as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1. Take a minute to enjoy some of their best work in tonight’s Save Story.

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