The first recorded instance of a mask being worn in a hockey game by a goaltender came in the late-1920s though there is some debate as to who was first.
The Hockey Hall of Fame features an unidentified North American goaltender protecting the net in Switzerland wearing a baseball catcher�s mask. However, there is a photo from 1927 of Elizabeth Graham donning a fencer�s mask in a game for Queen�s University. As to which was first, there is no certainty, but the late-1920s was definitely the first era to have goalies were primitive masks.� [Excerpt from: "Saving Face: The Art and History of the Goalie Mask"]
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