Yep, Just 4 Fun Sporting Club in Toronto have added paint to their boards. Paint that happens to be a sportaholik.com logo! The sportaholik.com crew headed over to the Just 4 Fun facility near Bloor and Lansdowne a few Sundays ago and slapped on some paint. This facility has been getting good use since opening last year, including being a regular TSSC floor hockey location. Many of your favourite sports can be played over at Just 4 Fun: ball hockey, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, and more! (more…)
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Hey Canada! Your 2011 CFL season is coming to a grand finale. Next week, Sunday November 27, is Grey Cup 2011 in Vancouver, BC (BC Place Stadium). (more…)
A hilarious and strange ending to a CFL game that looks to be making the rounds on the Internet. The CFL game in question was held on October 29, 2010 with the Montreal Alouettes versus the Toronto Argonauts. (more…)
Want to watch the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony? I had to look this up last night so here you have it: (more…)
Hockey goalie masks have changed dramatically over time. Fifty years ago tomorrow was when the first goalie mask was worn in the NHL. It was Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens, after taking yet another bruising puck to the head. Red Fisher describes that night:
“What happened was that 3:06 into the game, Plante had been struck in the face by a short shot from Rangers right-winger Andy Bathgate, opening a deep, seven-stitch cut running from the corner of the goaltender’s lips through his nostril. Then, after a delay of 21 minutes, he returned to the ice wearing a full-face mask – the first goaltender in NHL history to do so.”
To me the best goalie masks are still the ones from the older days. Most had scarier looks and more simple paint jobs. Flipping through the retro goalie masks shown on hockeymasks.com (where, yes, you can order your own replicas!) and found some great ones. Clicking the link will take you to an image of the mask.
- Dan Bouchard with the Atlanta Flames
- Wayne Stephenson with the Philadelphia Flyers
- Murray Bannerman with the Chicago Blackhawks
- John Garrett with the Vancouver Canucks
- Yves Belanger with the Atlanta Flames
- Dan Bouchard with the Atlanta Flames
- Richard Sevigny with the Montreal Canadiens
- Richard Brodeur with the Quebec Nordiques
- Billy Smith with the New York Islanders
Other notable goalie masks:
- Ken Dryden with the Montreal Canadiens
- Gerry Cheevers (of course!) with the Boston Bruins
- Gilles Gratton with the New York Rangers
- Mike Palmateer with the Toronto Maple Leafs
- Bernie Parent with the Philadelphia Blaze
- Gary Bromley with the Vancouver Canucks (happy halloween?)
- Doug Favell with the Colorado Rockies
- Doug Favell with the Toronto Maple Leafs
- Grant Fuhr with the Edmonton Oilers
- Bernie Wolf with the Washington Capitals
- Gary Innes with the Washington Capitals
- Curt Ridley with the Vancouver Canucks
- Gary Smith with the Winnipeg Jets
Mostly simple white masks, but still awesome:
- Ed Giacomin with the New York Rangers
- Mike Luit with the St. Louis Blues
- Pelle Lindbergh with the Philadelphia Flyers
- Phil Myre with the Atlanta Flames
- Jim Rutherford with the Detroit Red Wings
The masks of today totally don’t compare to those above, in my opinion. Obviously goalie mask design had to change to keep up with harder shots and better sticks – for safety reasons. Unfortunately that took away from some of the sinister look and uniqueness of goalie masks being worn.
Below is the Jacques Plante story, as retold in a Canadian Heritage moment. He had to stand up to coach Toe Blake who wanted no part of him wearing a goalie mask due to reduced visibility.
Some interesting information on the history of the goalie mask, as told by a goalie mask historian.
Attention all Toronto shinny hockey players: We’ve put together a Google map of Toronto shinny rinks for you to easily find shinny rinks near you. From Etobicoke to Scarborough, Lake Ontario up to Steeles, we’ve taken a list of City of Toronto rinks that offer shinny and placed them on an easy to use map. Note that most of these rinks have special times that shinny is played (as they are shared with pleasure skating times). Also, many of the time slots are for certain ages, gender, or skill levels. We thought about including all of this data, but decided to link instead to a resource that has it, ensuring accurate information going forward. Find a rink that’s near you and then click through on the link to the City of Toronto Parks site that provides you with schedules for each rink. If you are looking for more detailed information about the rinks themselves, try cityrinks.ca, which has a crazy (crazy good!) amount of information about each rink. Enjoy!