Historic hockey presentation at the library

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Library will present “Without a Mask: Hockey’s Daredevil Goalies,” a multimedia program presented by enthusiast Craig Pierce on hockey’s most colorful characters, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

In the rough and tumble days of early hockey, the sticks were wooden, the equipment was shabby, and the goalies didn’t wear facemasks. Games were often delayed while the team trainer skittered onto the ice with his black bag of smelling salts, gauze, needle and thread, and tended to injured goalies. “Stitch him up, stand him up, and drop the puck!” The most nerve-wracking position in team sports required a special kind of eccentric. 

Hear about men named Gump, Turk, Jacques and Sawchuk. Learn about their quirky superstitions and unimaginable temerity. Discover what happened the first time a goalie appeared in a game donning a facemask.

By day, Pierce manages the marketing and adult programming for Clarendon Hills Public Library. He has presented at libraries across northern Illinois.

This program is free and is intended for ages 12 and older. No registration is required.

For more information, contact Samantha at or 815-756-9568, ext. 1701.

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