Voters choose Luongo for best mask in NHL on TSN/ poll Staff

10/28/2009 8:13:17 PM

The votes have been counted, and your opinion is loud and clear. Roberto Luongo has the best mask in today's NHL.
The Vancouver Canucks' star netminder captured nearly 600 votes more than his closest competitor to claim top spot in the NHL on TSN / poll that asked you to vote on who has the best headgear design in the league.
Luongo earned 3,920 votes out of the more than 44,000 that were cast, while Mike Smith of the Tampa Bay Lightning garnered 3,287. Miikka Kiprusoff of the Flames was third, while Carey Price of the Canadiens and Cristobal Huet of the Blackhawks rounded out the top five.
The contest was launched by TSN in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jacques Plante's mask debut. The legendary Canadiens netminder wore his mask for the first time on Nov. 1, 1959, and forever changed the goaltending position.
Luongo's mask features an off-white design with the Canucks logo and his uniform number 1 gracing the front. The sides of the mask show "Johnny Canuck", Vancouver's adopted lumberjack mascot.
Smith's runner-up design features lightning bolts amid an underwater buried treasure theme.

The results were announced live during the Toronto Maple Leafs/Dallas Stars broadcast on Wednesday Night Hockey on the NHL on TSN.