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Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?


Last NHL goalie without a mask: Andy Brown

For his 1974 O-Pee-Chee card, Andy Brown appeared bare-faced, as always.

Question: Who was the last NHL goaltender to play without a goalie mask?
Answer: On April 7, 1974, Andy Brown tended goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Flames, marking the final appearance by a bare-faced goaltender in the NHL. The following season Brown joined the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association, where he continued playing without a mask until his retirement in 1977.

Brown's NHL career was brief, counting 62 games over three seasons with Detroit and Pittsburgh. His travels also took him to an assortment of junior and minor pro teams, including the Guelph Royals, Brampton 7-Ups, Baltimore Clippers, Johnston Jets, Long Island Ducks, Fort Worth Red Wings and Gander Flyers.

Also among the last holdouts was Gump Worsley, who played without a mask for most of his career but donned one for his final NHL season, 1973-74.

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