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As a goalie in ice hockey, you have to contend with pucks flying at you at speeds of up to 100mph, so having a good-quality mask is crucial! Choosing the best mask for you is an individual choice, but the fundamental deciding factor remains the same — if it doesn’t fit you properly, it won’t protect you when you need it most.
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There are two types of goalie masks; the first is a straight bar cage which is mandatory for players under 18. The second type of goalie mask has a cat eye cage design, which allows for better vision out on the ice, but is limited to senior players due to the risk of sticks getting through the holes.
Getting the correct mask size means the difference between absorbing an impact or sustaining a head injury. Your mask should feel snug and comfortable with no pressure areas on the head. When trying on a goalie mask, it’s a good idea to wear your chest protector and throat protector at the same time. Your chin should sit comfortably in the cup, the helmet shouldn’t move, and there shouldn’t be any gaps in protection. You should also ensure that your mask doesn’t touch any of your protective gear, allowing for complete, unobstructed head movement.
The most popular pro mask for goalies is the Bauer 960, with good reason. It has the traditional ice hockey goalie shape, as well as years of trust built into the mask from goalies around the world. If you’re looking for an elite-level mask on a smaller budget, the Warrior F1 Pro is a fantastic value option.
We recommend the Warrior Ritual F1 SR+ if you’re just starting out as a beginner goalie; it’s a full carbon mask that comes with a helmet bag and dangler thrown in, making it a great value deal.
From our Willies store in Coventry, our expert ice hockey staff can help you find the perfect fit for your next goalie mask.