The goalie mask was introduced 60 years ago this month on November 1, 1959 by Jacques Plante who proudly sported one from 1959 through 1975.
“If I’ve got to use my head, I might as well wear the mask.”
— -Jacques Plante, aka “Jake the Snake”
Jacques Plante saw thousands of pucks careening toward him over the course of a two-decade NHL career that began in the 1950s. Donning the pads and pulling on the sweater for 949 games (837 regular season and 112 postseason appearances; 437 career wins — ninth all-time) meant sniffing plenty of rubber. And for more than…