Saving Face: The Art and History of the Goalie Mask

Posted October 13, 2015

You don’t need to be a hockey fan to appreciate the fine artwork on goalie masks. Some of us religiously read, where Swedish artist David Gunnarsson shows off his latest mask paintings for prominent goalies, including Washington’s Braden Holtby.

But there’s far more to goalie masks than the artwork, and you can learn all about it in the book, Saving Face, which serves as a definitive guide to this single piece of equipment, from its early non-painted years to today’s high-tech design.

The book, perfect for the ole’ coffee table in the hockey-cave, is filled with intriguing images and info on the engineers, artists, and artisans who put together what is certainly the most lively and unique pieces of equipment in all of sports.

This is the updated edition of this book, and highlights one of the coolest masks of this past year – Andrew Hammond‘s Alfred E. Neuman dressed as the Hamburglar.

Check out Saving Face: The Art and History of the Goalie Mask on Amazon.

Here’s an old video of Holtby talking about his mask: