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[Editor’s Note: With the Penguins and Predators facing off for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final(s) this evening, today we have a guest entry from Noah Sidel, who’s done some research on the gear worn by Cup-competing goalies. ”” PL]
By Noah Sidel
In hockey circles, it’s common knowledge that goalies are gearheads. I’ve been a goalie since I was eight and have been obsessed with the equipment ever since I got my first pair of brown leather D&R pads (similar to what Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante wore to the beginnings of today’s ultra-light and colorful pads, blockers, and trappers.
Overall, Vaughn has had the most Stanley Cup success. Murray will be the 16th Final goalie since 1990 in Vaughn equipment; the next-best manufacturer is Reebok, with just eight. But if you combine CCM and all of the companies it has acquired and/or merged with over the years (Reebok, Koho, Heaton), it becomes the winner with 20.
With all that in mind, here’s a look at who’s worn what since 1990. This list was compiled based on Google images and memory. And one important note: There have been several goalies, especially in the earlier years, who mixed and matched. For example, at one point Patrick Roy wore Ferland gloves and Lefevre pads. In those cases, I went with the most predominant brand, which usually means the leg pads.