How a hockey mask became so scary

Originally Published: October 29, 2009
By Rick Paulas | Special to ESPN.com

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The most recognizable piece of sports equipment was never used in an actual game. Unless you consider mass murder a sport.

The first time I noticed it was as I walked through the local video store, a preteen-ager not yet worried about catching glimpses through the doors of the adults-only section. Then, I was more focused on the forbidden allure of the horror aisle, fascinated by the terrible images on ...

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