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Gerry Cheevers

Gerry "Cheesey" Cheevers is a Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender and one of the first bonafide ?stars? of professional hockey. His rock-n-roll style of play, his originality and his style are ingrained in all of his autographed collectibles. From his famous ?stitched mask,? which became his trademark, to his playing style of ?filling up the net? in a butterfly fashion, Cheesey Cheevers is a one-of-a-kind player and a much-desired signature among collectors and Boston Bruins fans alike.

Although he played in a few leagues (NHL, AHL and WHL) and with a couple of teams, it was with the legendary Bruins that he made his mark, helping them win two Stanley Cups, the first in 1970 and the second in 1972, which is the year that he was undefeated in 32 consecutive games, a NHL record that still stands. Cheevers was not afraid to stray from the crease to cut down the shooter's angle, and was aggressive with opposing players who went into or near the crease, often smacking them with his stick as if to say, ?get out! This is my house!? Gerry Cheevers tended goal whit his whole body and mind. He frequently played on his his knees or his side. He brought into vogue the "flopping style? of goaltending that has often been imitated but never duplicated. Gerry Cheevers autographed hockey equipment is highly sought after memorabilia. A Boston Bruins autographed hockey collection is not complete without Gerry Cheevers autographed hockey gear.

Cheevers was inspired to create his distinctive stitch-pattern mask when a puck hit him in the face during practice. Cheevers went to the locker room where "Frosty" Forristall, the team trainer, drew a stitch mark on his mask, which amused the team. After that day, any time he was hit in the face, he would draw a new stitch-mark drawn on the mask. Today, even young hockey fans who never saw Cheevers play know about his famous ?Stitch Mask.? What they may not know is that he used to drink beer and smoke cigarettes in the locker room! Like I said, a rock-n-roller. Take a look at the ?Stitch Mask? and other Gerry Cheevers autographed NHL equipment and collectibles like the three below and then on our subsequent web pages.

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