Goalie Tour of the Hockey Hall of Fame

I recently took a tour of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and since I was pressed for time I decided to make it a goalie-specific tour.  If you haven’t made it to the HHOF then I strongly recommend you scrounge up your pennies for a trip to Toronto to see this shrine to everything hockey.  I’d say go see a Leafs game while you’re in town but why ruin a good vacation?

The HHOF is divided into sections that culminate with the grand trophy room.  A thorough tour should take at least two hours if you really want to soak in the experience.  My goalie tour is divided into sections as well but they don’t necessarily correspond to the groupings you’ll see there.  And remember, what you see in the HHOF is only a small fraction of the Hall’s collections so some of what you see here won’t be on display when you visit.   On the other hand you’ll probably see things I didn’t.

Masks – Grand Entrance

This will be the best part of the tour for any goalie… and technically it’s free!  The grand entrance to the HHOF takes you past a number of display cases showing off the best and most important goalie masks in NHL history.  This display is the best way for NHL goalies to make it to the HHOF without having a Hall of Fame career!

You have to walk past this display, as well as a pretty impressive puck collection, to get to the ticket cashier so if you really wanted to you could see the masks without paying a dime.  This is like having the Mona Lisa on display in the entrance to the Louvre!

Not the original mask worn by Jacques Plante but the one he considered his favorite. An upgrade from his original solid fiberglass mask, this model allowed much-needed ventilation. He continued to build upon the pretzel concept in the years to come.

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