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David Murray "Sod" Dryden (born September 5, 1941) is a Canadian retired ice hockey goaltender. Dryden has the distinction of creating (as well as being the first goaltender to employ) the modern day goaltending mask consisting of a fiberglass mask with a cage.[1]

Dave Dryden
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Dryden with the St. Michaels Majors, c. 1961
Born (1941-09-05) September 5, 1941 (age 77)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for New York Rangers
Chicago Black Hawks
Buffalo Sabres
Salt Lake Golden Eagles
Chicago Cougars
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1961–1979

Born in Hamilton, Ontario,[2] the son of Murray and Margaret Dryden, Dryden played in the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association from 1962 to 1979, playing for the New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Black Hawks, Chicago Cougars, and Edmonton Oilers. On March 20, 1971, in a game between his Sabres and the Montreal Canadiens, Dryden faced his brother Ken, the only time in the history of the NHL that brothers opposed each other as goalies.[3][4]

Dryden's best years came in the WHA, playing for the Cougars and Oilers. He was the goalie against whom Wayne Gretzky scored his first professional goal.[5] In 1979, he won the Ben Hatskin Trophy as the WHA's top goaltender, and the Gordie Howe Trophy as league MVP. In 1977, Dryden designed the first mask-cage combination goalie mask. Maskmaker Greg Harrison transferred his design drawings into a final product which he wore for the Oilers. The mask is on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The mask-cage combination goalie mask is now the norm in modern hockey.

Dave Dryden is the chair person of Sleeping Children Around the World charity (founded by his father) which provides bed kits to children in developing countries.


  1. ^ "Pre-Game Skate -- Evolution -- Goaltender's Equipment". 26 September 2008.
  2. ^ Cole, Stephen (2006). The Canadian Hockey Atlas. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 978-0-385-66093-8.
  3. ^ Stubbs, Dave (8 March 2016). "Deadline recall started Dryden's road to glory". Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  4. ^ Denault, Todd (11 June 2011). "Backchecking: Dave Dryden". TheHockeyNews. The Hockey News. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  5. ^ The Rebel League: The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association, p.224, McLelland and Stewart, Toronto, ON, ISBN 0-7710-8947-3

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