Dennis, the jock or athletic supporter was invented way back in 1874.
Almost 100 years later the first goaltenders’ face mask was finally introduced.
Jacques Plante was the first goaltender to create and use a practical mask in 1959.
It is also around that time that Charlie Patterson went to work to develop the world’s first hockey helmet.
Almost everybody knows about Jacques Plante. But few are aware of the story of Charlie Patterson and how he developed the hockey helmet:
The above just goes to show you what area of the body was the main concern for sporting goods companies.
Good stuff, Danno. As you saw from my little red helmet, helmets in the fifties protected almost nothing. Maybe a weak shot on the forehead. But nothing at the top of the head. Charlie saved a lot of serious injuries over the years and should be recognized much more.
Yeah, I think most guys wear jockstraps because of fatigue. Ahem.
A sad story: my dad played goal once as a teen and was the unhappy recipient of a nice slap shot to a very sensitive area. He told me that he saw stars for hours afterwards. 🙂
I was playing ball hockey a couple of years ago, and a guy I know was subbing in net for the other team (he was our goalie for a while). Near the end of the first half, I went down the side, and took a shot five-hole. The guy went down to save it butterfly-style, and it hit him right in the you-know-where. We ended the half early.
He later told me he never plays goalie with a jock strap on. I thought he was nuts (pardon the pun).
Good story, Tom. A guy told me once that rugby players don’t wear jocks either but I don’t know if that’s true or not. I was hit there a long time ago and the pain goes right up into your throat. It’s gotta be the worst thing.
it only goes to reason that if men think with their &^%$ they should wear a helmet to protect their &^%
I know I’d quickly tire from worrying about the boys getting injured.
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