Gilles Gratton of the Rangers wears his famous tiger mask. // Gilles Gratton (Melchior DiGiacomo/Getty Images)

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Gilles Gratton of the Rangers wears his famous tiger mask.

You get the sense that Gratton was a bit ahead of his time with this one. Legend has it, the Rangers' goalie thought up painting a tiger on his mask while flipping through a National Geographic on an airplane. But it seems that, judging by the dozens of animal-roaring masks he would later inspire, Gratton's design would've been better served on the new-style helmets goalies wear now. Which reminds me ...