Owen Sound is a hockey town, make no doubt about it. The local team is the Owen Sound Attack, one of 20 teams in the Ontario Hockey League. It ranks last in terms of market size (mainly the town of Owen Sound), but first in terms of attendance at home games by percentage. That has to say something!
I personally remember the night goalie masks started in the NHL Playing for the Montreal Canadiens the great Jacques Plante was hit in the face by a shot from the equally great Andy Bathgate on Nov. 1, 1959. After getting stitched up, Plante refused to come back on the ice without the mask he had been using in practice. With no other goalie available, the coach Toe Blake, another NHL great, had to allow Plante to play with the mask. Although that first mask was very simple, just plain white, Plante never looked back and Montreal won the cup six of the next 10 years. (Those were the days of the 6 team league when I watched the games every Saturday night with my dad.
But hockey masks have come a long way since then, and someone got the bright idea that an exhibition of goalie masks showing off their art would be a good idea. With the main sponsorship of McArthur Tire (J.D. McArthur was a popular semi-pro player and coach for many years here) this exhibit was put together).