This stunning red, white and blue fiberglass goalie mask hails from the famed Brian Rogers Goalie Mask Collection. The St. Louis Blues selected Davidson with the 5th overall pick in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft. Davidson was the first goalie in history to jump directly from junior hockey to the NHL, suiting up for the Blues in 1973-74 for the first time. Standing at a hulking 6’3” tall, J.D took up plenty of room between the pipes. He spent a decade guarding the NHL nets, the first 2 of those seasons with the Blues and the remaining 8 with the New York Rangers, retiring prematurely due to injury in 1982-83. J.D.’s finest hour came as he led his Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979. Following his career, Davidson became a famed broadcaster spending 20 plus years in the business before taking over as the President of Hockey Operations for the St. Louis Blues in 2006.
Made by legendary maskmaker Greg Harrison, this fabulous creation features the Rangers shield style logos at the sides along with a red, white and blue color scheme. J.D. made this style famous during the late 1970’s and made the hockey world take notice in 1978-79 as he backstopped the Broadway Blueshirts to the Stanley Cup Finals. Five custom red or blue leather straps remain affixed to this vintage mask, sans the elastic straps. A recent conversation with Brian Rogers reveals that this mask had been sent back to Harrison for repainting during J.D.’s tenure on Broadway. No photographic evidence exists that this specific mask ever made it into regular season game action, likely having been kept by J.D. as a backup and or used in practices. Shown above, for your enjoyment, are video highlights of Davidson wearing this style mask during game 1 of the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals. Vintage goalie masks are considered the crown jewels of most goalie collections that are lucky enough to include one. Ready to go center stage into any New York Rangers or goalie collection, an instant highlight and an incredible conversation piece, choice!