Hockey stars’ Shot on iPhone pix make a splash on billboards

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Ryan O'Reilly snapped this shot during a St. Louis Blues game with an iPhone XS.
Ryan O'Reilly snapped this shot during a St. Louis Blues game with an iPhone XS.
Photo: Apple

Turns out pro hockey players can take iPhone pictures as well as they skate and brawl. At least, that’s the message of a new “Shot on iPhone” campaign.

Candid images taken with the iPhone XS by players of the game they love are going up at arenas in the U.S. and Canada

Hockey’s goalie mask saved face and grew into a bulletproof work of art

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Jacques Plante made history in 1959 when refused to play after a facial injury without a protective mask.
Jacques Plante made history in 1959 when he refused to play hockey without a protective mask after suffering a facial injury.
Photo: National Hockey League

In hockey’s early days, if you took a puck to the kisser you got stitched up and put back on the ice. No goalie would dare wear a protective mask — fans considered it unmanly. Coaches worried their netminders would lose their courage. Reporters echoed these judgments in their stories.

 But after stopping a hard wrist shot with his face early in the first period of a game against the Rangers in 1959, Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante refused to return without the crude, flesh-toned fiberglass mask he used in practice.

The press fussed at him, but Plante believed playing without a mask was like a skydiver jumping without a parachute. Plante’s ghoulish face cover went on to win over goalies, became an enduring symbol of the game and even evolved into a high-tech artistic statement for today’s goaltenders.