"Only A Game" airs College's role in hockey mask invention - Hamilton College
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"Only A Game" airs College's role in hockey mask invention


Gene Long with his wife Arlene
Gene Long with his wife Arlene

The nationally syndicated radio show Only A Game will present the story of the introduction of the hockey 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 at 7 a.m. on Saturday 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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Media Relations Office

198 College Hill Road 
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4680 pr@hamilton.edu
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