The face of a hockey goalie

Claim: this photo shows the face of a hockey goalie before masks became standard game equipment, 1966.

Photo credit: Ralph Morse, Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images

The claim implies that the scars and wounds are real. They are not. Terry Sawchuk was an Ukrainian-Canadian professional ice hockey goalie. The fake scars and wounds were applied by a professional makeup artist to simulate injuries in 16 years of professional hockey.

Note that Mr. Sawchuk did suffer from a large amount of injuries during his NHL career. For example, he received some 400 stitches to his face before adopting a protective facemask in 1962.

Source: Time magazine.

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