There is no single piece of sporting equipment that even comes close to offering the diversity, personality and delineation of an athlete’s character that an NHL goaltender’s mask does.
How fitting then, that gear that so steadily protects its owners’ skull, does an equally excellent job of displaying some of the most artistic thoughtfulness of which the human brain is capable. Of course, there is artwork in the known world that eclipses that of what you see on a goalie mask, but as far as the sports world is concerned, nothing else even comes close.
Everyone loves to get an up-close look at the masks worn by these men. Masks that are as bold as those who wear them are brave always tell a story, and some better than others.
This list is meant to be a ranking which is based on artistic appeal, personality and originality. Please feel free to throw your hat into the ring and call me out on whom I missed or who was more deserving of a spot in the top five.
Regardless of the ranking, these are ten of the most intriguing and aesthetic mask designs in the game today.