David Lewis, goalie, intimidated his opponents with his custom painted mask

Title
David Lewis, goalie, intimidated his opponents with his custom painted mask
Description

“The mask is something I wore on occasion during the 1978-79 season.

Back in those days, many goaltenders wore this fiberglass type mask while other wore “cages.”

Fiberglass masks were made custom to each goaltenders face by making a mold for the face and then fabricating the mask from that mold. The theory behind the molded mask was to spread the impact of the puck across the whole face versus the area in which the puck made impact – share the pain.

I mostly wore this on occasion during the ’78 - ’79 season and not so much the next two seasons (79-80, 80-81) as that whole spread the pain thing didn’t work out so well versus a cage.

… the mask was painted by a High School friend of mine, Bob Dorsey who at the time was an art student at RIT. Currently, Bob is a professor at RIT.” 

-David Lewis (1978-1981)

Source
David Lewis
Date
1976-1979
Files
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Collection
On loan from David Lewis