Sunday, October 5, 2008

Mike Palmateer Replica Mask

This is my latest addition, a full size replica mask of Leaf goalie Mike Palmateer. Growing up he was always one of my favourites, mainly for his acrobatic style of play. Palmateer had two very good seasons in '77/78 and '78/79 before being shipped off to Washington by the idiot Harold Ballard.
'The Popcorn Kid' (so named for his love of pre-game popcorn moreso than his playing style) finished 1978 3rd in the league in wins with 34 and tied for 2nd in shutouts with 5 while sporting a 2.64 GAA. In 1979 he was once again 3rd in wins, 2nd in shutouts an 6th in GAA.
Palmy's shining moment came in the second round upset of the Islanders in 1978, allowing only 13 goals in the seven game set. While with the Caps in 1980/81 he set a record for points by a goaltender with 8 assists which was soon bested by Grant Fuhr.
Palmateer retired at age 30 after an unsuccessful return to the Leafs due to his damaged beyond repair knees.
Soon after retirement, he opened a restaurant in Aurora, Ontario and subsequently went into real estate.

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