Kind of a duplicate post in light of the awesome #vghc shirt that arrived earlier today, but Gerry Cheever’s goalie mask is one of the most iconic in all of hockey and my very favorite. Mr. Cheevers started his career before masks became popular, and eventually required, equipment with goaltenders - meaning he understood all too well how much damage a shot to the face would take in the form of stitches (goalies may just be a little crazy). After he adopted the mask to afford himself somewhat better protection, he would paint stitches on it each time he took a shot to the face, often saying something to the effect of “That’s only a four, that looks like a solid seven,” etc. The mask is an amazing artifact to another era, and a battered example of his longevity, talent, and ability to take abuse like only a hockey player can. His enshrinement in @thehockeyhalloffame is a lasting testimony to the impact he had on the game. Legend. #gerrycheevers#nhl#bruins#goalies#badass
This week's featured artifact is Gerry Cheever’s #goalie glove, which is now on display in our #bostonbruins exhibit. Cheevers served on the #bruins as a player from 1965-1972, and after a 4-year stint in the new World #hockey Association, came back to not only play 5 more seasons for Boston, but also also went on to become our coach from 1980 to 1985. Cheevers is considered the first goalie to custom decorate his mask, having a new stitch mark added each time a puck struck him on the mask.