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These are just a few of the questions-each with a fascinating story behind it-that are answered in this definitive book on goalie masks.
Saving Face: The Art and History of the Goalie Mask looks at the development of the mask from its earliest days as a rudimentary face-saving device to its current high-tech design. bullet-proof construction and cutting-edge artwork.
Saving Face is a visual journey, too. More than 150 historic and modern photos, including 30-plus full-page shots of some of the most famous masks ever created, support a text that weaves the tale of the mask's development.
Based on extensive archival research and exclusive interviews, Saving Face tells the story of the goalies behind the mask, and their fight for the right to wear one. It also looks at mask makers, like the little-known face-mold-making pioneers who experimented with materials such as plastic fiberglass in basement workshops, and the talented artisans and artists behind hockey's modern masterpieces.
While goaltenders the world over owe a debt of thanks to those who created, developed, championed and continuously improved the mask, hockey fans everywhere are thankful too. For the mask today has gone far beyond its original function-saving face-to become the most unique and intriguing piece of equipment in all of sports.
Gary Smith grew up playing hockey in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and made his first mask when he was 14 years old. Hockey eventually took him to the East Coast where he was recruited to play golf for St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Gary lives in Grand Falls, NB, where he is a school vice principal and continues to make and collect goalie masks. He and his wife, Lissa, have three children, Julie, Sean and Ryan.
Really good stuff by author Jim McRae. Very informative and has great photos. My only complaint is I wish there were more WHA goalie masks shown.Published on November 10, 2013 by John Landers
I truly enjoyed the history as well as the photo. presentation. The interviews were also revealing. I highly reccomend this book.Published on January 22, 2013 by J. SchwartzMD
Saving Face: The Art and History of the Goalie Mask - it was a great gift for a hockey enthusiast who thinks goalies are the best.Published on January 9, 2013 by Bonnie B
WOW, Jim Hynes and Gary Smith did a wonderful job of tracing the History of the Goaltending Mask (and Goaltending) in Saving Face; The Art and History Of The Goalie Mask. Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Richard D. Cappetto
I ordered this book for my husband, so I have never read it. I have looked at it and it came in excellent condition. It arrived in adequate timing as well.Published on May 26, 2012 by Erin jones
If you like goalie masks, or are an old or young goalie, then I recommend this book. It has a nice history of the goalie mask and goalies in hockey, and I love the pics. Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by Tony