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Gene Long with his wife Arlene
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Only A Game Airs College's Role in Goalie Mask Invention

By Vige Barrie
Posted November 20, 2009
Tags 1959 Hamilton In the News
The nationally syndicated radio show Only A Game presented the story of the introduction of the goalie mask in the NHL and the role played by former Hamilton track coach Gene Long and former Hamilton hockey team goalie Don Spencer ’59 on Saturday, Nov. 21. The radio show is “an award-winning weekly sports magazine … [it is] radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider,” according to the producing public radio station WBUR in Boston.

In the Clinton area, the show can be heard on WRVO at 91.9 FM or on the station’s Web site. Schedules for all public radio stations that broadcast the show can be found on the Only A Game Web site.

Both Long and Spencer were interviewed about their roles in the creation of the mask. Long is the acknowledged creator of the prototype, and Spencer is the individual who brought Long’s invention to the attention of the NHL goalie Jacques Plante.

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