The Garland family has
been making goalie masks for over 44 years. Check out some of the
masks we made in the "old days"!
Please note: We do not make these style masks
1965 - Matt's first mask. An
absolute classic. Made 43 years ago by Matt's Dad, when Matt was 6
years old. No padding, no backplate, no top, just the 5 strap
harness to hold it on. Vaseline was smeared all over the face, and
the molded with plaster of paris to his face. (Matt's mother
actually had to hold his hand for the 1/2 hour it took for the
plaster of paris to dry. Entire face, nose, and mouth area were
covered. Breathing was though a straw. SCARY for a 6 year old!!!)
- Matt's favorite old mask.
A complete mold/cast of the front AND back of Matt's head. Still no
padding, and held on with a bungee cord that attached on each side
to keep it closed. (See small clips on sides of mask) Painted orange
as Matt was on a "Flyers" team, and he painted it like his favorite
goalie, Doug Favell of the Philadelphia Flyers.
1967 - The Mega Mask! When the idea
of deflective ridges came out, Matt's Dad thought the way to make
them was to simply build up and mold the fiberglass to achieve the
ridge. (Not exactly correct....!) This mask has over 25 layers of 10
ounce fiberglass in the nose ridge and the ear ridges! This thing
weighs about 7 pounds! All holes and vents were cut BY HAND with a
hand drill and coping saw! It took over 4 months to complete.
Another VERY unique feature
of this mask is the eye area. Note how the eyes "bulge out" a
little? This is when Matt started wearing glasses, and the mold was
actually taken with his glasses on! Vents were cut in the sides to
allow air circulation so his glasses would not fog up! Still no
Much To Matt's Dad's
chagrin the mask was too heavy to wear, and was shelved for display
after a short time. ("You're gonna wear that mask or I'll KILL ya........................."
1968 - A much better attempt at the
ridge system, and again built over his glasses. A five ridge
forehead system, (Compare with today's modern PROMASQUEs!) that
deflected pucks very well. Note the cool paint job for the time,
again following Matt's favorite, Doug Favell. Favell had been traded
to the Toronto Maple leafs, and Matt HAD to change the paint work.
This was an actual New Hampshire giant Maple leaf that was hand
traced and painted on the forehead. Another really cool mask. Still
no padding. OUCH!
1972 - Another cool mask where the
ridges were removed. Note, again, the Favell paint scheme Molded to
the glasses, and used in some higher level hockey. A local favorite.
Still no padding.
1973 - Worn as a freshman in High
school, Matt went back to the single ridge system. A heavy mask
again, not worn for very long. "(If at first you don't succeed....")
AGAIN the Favell paint scheme...Cool. Still... no padding in the
1973 - The first mask of the time to
use the now famous 18 ounce "Woven Roven" fiberglass that many masks
and boats are built of today. Only 2 layers thick, but tough as
nails. Note the cool smile face ala Rogie Vachon. This drove the
shooters crazy...to see a goalie always smiling back at them. Worn
when the Salem, Ma. AAA Midgets went to Montreal, Canada, and
DESTROYED the local AAA Montreal Midgets. (GO U.S.A.!) Molded on
glasses, no ridges. STILL no padding...
- This baby is cool! The first mask made by Matt where the plaster
mold itself was built up to form the ridges, instead of simply
building up the fiberglass. This saved a LOT of weight! A cool
design which "V'd" away from the mouth area, and added a lot of
comfort when hit there. Cool ridges in the forehead. This mask
actually had some VERY thin PADDING under and above the eye area!
Padding...What a concept!
1977 - The first mask made by Matt
that included the Cage insert. Note that the cage was NOT screwed
on, but simply glued with, yup, BONDO! A great idea, but not really
long lasting. "Chunks of Bondo flying everywhere..." Worn when Matt
went to UMASS Amherst in Massachusetts. This actually had a pretty
good forehead padding system, conveniently "swiped" from a Cooper
600 helmet. A little in the cheeks too! Wow, what a pleasure to
wear! Note the huge dents in the cooper cage. This baby stood up to
some college play, and some pretty serious semi pro boys...
1984 - This was the last mask used
before PROMASQUE was "Born". Actually state of the art for the time,
included some pretty decent padding and the cage was screwed on! A
wild (ya right...) Chicago Blackhawks Indian headdress paint
1998 - When Matt's buddy and his top
NHL goalie Dwayne Roloson, (now a standout in the NHL with the
Tampa Bay Lightning) went to the St. Louis Blues, He gave Matt back the
mask that he actually wore in the NHL Stanley Cup Semifinals against
Toronto! Roli played the first two games as Hasek was out with an
injury. Although semi-retired from actual play (after 7 knee and 2
shoulder operations) Matt uses this mask with pride. To be able to
wear a mask that was actually used in the NHL and made by Matt......
His dream had come true!
Promasque continues the tradition of a high quality product to the
highest standards. Along with a phenomenal custom painting
mask program. We will continue to exceed our customers
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