Stephen, Vancouver, BC
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Who was the last goalie to appear in an NHL game without a mask?
That dubious distinction belongs to Andy Brown, a Pittsburgh Penguins netminder who patrolled the pipes during a 6-3 loss to the Atlanta Flames on April 7, 1974. Although the practice may seem foolish to us now, it was second nature for Brown, a rugged journeyman who refused to don a mask throughout his entire 12-year career because he felt it limited his vision. Brown was also a huge risk taker off the ice, and he transitioned into racing cars when his hockey career came to an end after three more seasons of stopping pucks with his face in the minor leagues.