Top 10 goalie masks in the NHL

Ladies and gentlemen, here are the top 10 goalie masks in the NHL

2/28/12 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Sports Illustrated just posted a gallery with the goalie masks for 60 different NHL goalies. Since goalie masks are one of my favorite things about hockey, I figured it would be good to post my top 10 masks for 2011-12.

Check out the whole gallery to see them all, and here are my top 10:

10. Peter Budaj, Montreal Canadiens
Budaj makes the list for one reason, and one reason only. Ned Flanders.

9. Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes
Smith's tribute to Wile E. Coyote is almost perfect, for a Phoenix Coyotes goalie. The only thing that could possibly be better is, well... the OTHER Coyotes goalie's mask. That one is coming later in the list.

8. Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes
Ward's mask is a treasure for fans of pirates. And honestly... who isn't a fan of pirates?

7. Al Montoya, New York Islanders
Montoya's mask is quite fitting for the Islanders, with the fishing boat captain, the waves, the compass... this thing is awesome.

6. Dan Ellis, Anaheim Ducks

Ellis' masks hearken back to the days when the Ducks were Mighty. Except for the little rubber ducky with the pirate mask. I don't understand that, but i'm cool with it.

Check out page 2 for the top 5.
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2/28/12   |     |   3924 respect

I totally agree with you.  Great job!

Your fan,

2/28/12   |   Scott   |   54575 respect

Being a huge fan of not only the Blues but Pavol Demitra, I'm a homer and taking Jaroslav Halak's mask for this season  wink

2/28/12   |   Jess   |   35086 respect

Lobotomy Jones wrote:
Gerry Cheevers still had the best:

While it wasn't super awesome as far as art, the story behind the design makes it the coolest mask ever.

2/28/12   |   Lobotomy Jones   |   7597 respect

Gerry Cheevers still had the best:

2/28/12   |   Jess   |   35086 respect

(Edited by Jess)


Cam Ward consistently has badass lids - his are always at the top of my list from year to year. I don't know if it's just his style or the coloring or what.He uses that chrome paint a lot, and that's my favorite.

I like Jonas Hiller's 3D Wild Wing mask a little more than I like Ellis's, but Ellis's is really cool too. Hiller always has something pretty awesome going on though.


This Bent Johnson mask made me laugh:

I'm with you on Labarbara, and I LOVE Rask's.