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THN.com Top 10: Scary goalie masks

Andy Moog's mask alone could intimidate shooters. (Brian Winkler/Getty Images)

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Andy Moog's mask alone could intimidate shooters. (Brian Winkler/Getty Images)

BY JOHN GRIGG

With Halloween fast approaching, this week’s Top 10 focuses on scary art, in the form of goalie masks.

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Top 10 Scary Goalie Masks
10
Jacques Plante’s original mask, first worn in a game Nov. 1, 1959 Simplistic Hannibal Lector-like creepiness at its best.
9
Brian Hayward’s 1991-92 San Jose Sharks mask Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the ice.
8
Franklin Farrell’s Team USA mask from the 1932 Winter Olympics Not only would I be scared to stand in front of shooters wearing this flimsy thing, but Farrell looks reptilian wearing it.
7
Denis Lemieux’s Charlestown Chiefs mask from Slap Shot When the team went mean, so did the equipment.
6
Gilles Gratton’s New York Rangers tiger mask Legend has it Gratton used to growl at opposing players and once struck a cat’s pose and hissed during a brawl.
5
Gary Bromley’s 1980 Vancouver Canucks mask Bromley’s mask could have been the inspiration for He-Man’s Skeletor character.
4
Curtis Sanford’s Vancouver Canucks “Sandman” mask It’s the hollow eyes and fangs that get me.
3
Murray Bannerman’s 1980s Chicago Blackhawks mask A Native-American motif that looks alien-creepy in a Japanese doll sort of way.
2
Mike Smith’s 2008-09 Saw-themed Tampa Bay Lightning mask I don’t know what’s more disturbing, the images on the mask or the shameless cross-promotion.
1
Andy Moog’s Boston Bruins mask
No surprise that it’s adorned with a bear, but the eyes and teeth on top are as intense as anything before or since.

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Marek (Posted 2008-10-31 18:46:09)
Gerry Cheevers mask is not bad, but for me is winner Denis Lemieux’s Charlestown Chiefs mask. It is really scary mask, very scary.

wilt (Posted 2008-10-31 18:44:00)
Evgeni Nabokov's.

Aron (Posted 2008-10-31 14:13:00)
What about cujo's masks?

Sandy Bean (Posted 2008-10-31 12:26:09)
I would submit Ken Danby's famous painting "At the Crease". Andrew Wyeth considered the painting, "...a terrifying and exciting picture." Nuff said.

Rob Obrien (Posted 2008-10-31 11:58:37)
John Grigg you have a very unusual sense of what would be considered scary.

Lamar (Posted 2008-10-31 10:47:29)
You should have thrown in Gerry Cheevers mask with the stitches on it, a grim reminder of what it saved him from. Didn't Cujo used to have an awesome paint job that kind of looked like a werewolf on it? Very Halloweenish!

Pat Bacher (Posted 2008-10-31 03:00:18)
Andy Moog? Really? That mask is far from scary.

Steve D (Posted 2008-10-30 18:22:40)
Agreed that the Cheevers mask should be up here - but I would dare to say that the Jason movies are probably influencing folks to say that style of mask are "scarier". That sharks mask is pretty sweet. I've always loved Andy's mask as he was my favorite goalie as a kid - not sure how scary I'd consider it. CuJo has a pretty sick (Leafs I believe) mask with the insane dog jaw/teeth.

Jake Murad (Posted 2008-10-30 17:49:14)
To be honest the first one (#10) would scare me to death if I saw someone wearing it standing in front of me

Aaron Matheson (Posted 2008-10-30 15:19:42)
They are all cool, but I think #8 has to easily be (obviously not most artistic) the winner for most frightening!! Can you imagine?...

D. MacDonald (Posted 2008-10-30 10:58:50)
What about Halak's Devil MasK? http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g217/svenjayne/Masks/JaroslavHalakMontrealCanadiens.jpg

Patrick (Posted 2008-10-30 10:36:36)
Number 8 looks more like "The Silence of the Lambs" than anything else. My personal favourite is number 5. Classic.

l buzunis (Posted 2008-10-30 01:50:28)
The Roy habs mask, not so much "saw" scary, but very much intimadation scary.

j w (Posted 2008-10-29 22:50:26)
that's not just a bear, its a big bear, and its angry, very scary stuff

Mark (Posted 2008-10-29 19:17:43)
No. 5 is the clear winner!

Thomas A. (Posted 2008-10-29 16:13:31)
No Hirsch Psycho-themed mask? A bear? You've gotta be kidding me.

Steven Strang (Posted 2008-10-29 15:46:51)
Cheevers' mask is the greatest of all time, I wouldn't call it scary though and is probably why it's not on this list.

LORD BYRON DEFOE (Posted 2008-10-29 15:05:32)
What's up with no Gerry Cheevers mask? I mean, these masks are all pretty cool and everything, but c'mon, how can you not include one of the most "ICONIC" masks of all time!? You gotta add 'ol "stitches" if you're gonna make a list like this!

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