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InGoal Radio Podcast Episode 43: Pekka Rinne and Chris Mason

In this Episode of the InGoal Radio Podcast presented by The Hockey Shop Source for Sports , we sit down with Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Pekka Rinne and his former Nashville Predators playing partner Chris Mason, who is back with the team as a broadcaster and still as entertaining and passionate about puck stopping as he was during an 18-year pro career that included 317 NHL games, gold and silver medals with Canada at the World Championships, a championship in Norway, and some of the best gear and mask art the NHL has ever seen.

Our conversation with the two Predators icons includes everything from how Pesapola (Finnish baseball) helped forge an incredible glove hand for the late-blooming Rinne, the role that famous goalie whisperer Mitch Korn played in the development path of both guys, how Mason read shots off the blades of opposing forwards, and lots more insights every goalie will appreciate and relate to.
In the gear segment, we catch up with Cam back at the Hockey Shop to talk about Goalie Blok, a small rubber band with a thick protective layer that wraps around your stick to help protect the index finger from shots that ride up the paddle. It’s a relatively new product that was only recently approved for use in NHL games, and seems like a no-brainer in terms of mitigating injuries risk, especially in practice.

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If you enjoyed this episode and our chats with Pekka Rinne and Chris Mason you might also enjoy some of these articles:

Rinne’s Glove, Where Rebounds Go to Die

Mason’s Iron Maiden Mask

Our ask-a-pro interview with Mason from 2012 when he had the Winnipeg Jets custom gear.

Mason’s Custom Preds gear

Our ask-a-pro interview with then Preds goalie coach Mitch Korn, where you’ll see a young Chris Mason 🙂

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  1. john coleman

    I do, I know goalie numbers. 1, Eddie Giacomin 27 Gilles Meloche, 28 Dave Dryden, 29 Ken Dryden, Okay you can see how old I’m. 29 Marc Andre. 1 Thomas Greiss. 34 AlexLyon. 79 Crater Hart. 37 Conner Helbyuck.

    • David Hutchison

      About the same age as me then – some great names there.