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Preface and Introduction For a while now I’ve been wanting to write up a piece about my experiences, thoughts, critiques, opinions, etc. about the Brian’s G-NETik series. I’ve been wanting to do this to do this because I’m a huge gear enthusiast/nerd, a Brian’s gear nerd, and have a lot of experience in their gear as my first set of gloves were a Brian’s blocker (Thief) and Heaton (Helite 2 or 3) glove in 1995. I want to focus on what the gear is, where it came from with respect to where I come from, what I think Brian’s could do to improve upon the series/idea, what I think Brian’s
I’m very interested in hockey history, so figured a thread for pre-modern(ish) goalie stuff might be interesting. I picked 1980 as an arbitrary end date, but we’ll see how it goes. I’ll start with something I noticed looking at pictures of the legendary Glenn Hall during his time with St. Louis. Knowing that he was the grandfather of what became the butterfly, I’m tempted to think that he had a crude knee guard made (maybe for temporary use while recovering from an injury? With a 502 game streak under his belt, he was the quintessential “play through the pain” goalie.) On the other hand,