Eugene H.

Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Regional Heritage School Fair

Origin of the Goalie Mask, Jacques Plante

My project was about Jacques Plante, the inventor of the hockey goalie mask. I descibed his life and significant contribution to Canadian Hockey.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Jacques Plante started making his masks because he himself experienced getting hit by pucks. The harder he got the shots, the stronger masks he invented. His goalie mask saved his life from a slap shot at the blue line.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Jacques Plante helped develop and change the way goaltenders play from the past and for today. The most significant contribution to Canadian hockey was the goalie mask.He made different types of masks and improved each time, then we see the more protected and safe goalie mask these days.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The mask worn by Jacques Plante in the past is very different from the masks that are worn today in the NHL 2015. The masks worn today are more stable and safe to protect the goalies.