The votes have been counted, and the field is set for Anaheim Calling's first ever Tournament of Greatness as we determine the greatest goalie mask design in the history of the Anaheim Ducks. Readers went through masks from both the Mighty Ducks and Anaheim Ducks eras of the franchise, and what was supposed to be a 16-mask field is now 18 thanks to a pair of unbreakable ties for the 8th and final mask in each bracket. That means coming this week will be a pair of Play In match ups to determine who will face the top over all seeds.
Without any further ado, here are the brackets for the Goalie Mask Tournament of Greatness:
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Bracket
- Guy Hebert's 1996-97 mask was the top overall vote getter from either era with 36, though Ilya Bryzgalov's 2005-06 mask also drew more votes (30) than the top seed for the Anaheim Ducks bracket as well.
- Both Jean-Sebastien Giguere's 05-06 design and Steve Shields' 01-02 lid received seven votes, Giguere's was given the higher seed on a coin flip.
- The play in match features Hebert's alternate design from 95-96 and Dominic Roussel's 99-00 design; should Hebert win that matchup, it will set up the only first round showdown between masks worn by the same goalie.
Anaheim Ducks Bracket
- Jonas Hiller had four designs qualify, the most of any goalie. If the Movember mask from 11-12 knocks off John Gibson's Pac Man theme from this past season it would make every first round matchup feature a Hiller lid.
- Hiller, Hebert, and Frederik Andersen are the higher seed in two match ups.
- Four of the masks in the Anaheim Ducks bracket are either special edition or alternate masks, with three of them being worn for one night only (Andersen's 'Reservoir Ducks' design was worn just once this past season) versus just two special editions (Hebert's alternate and Mikhail Shtalenkov's 95-96 Indiana Jones) in the Mighty Ducks bracket.
- The voting difference between Andersen's top seeded Selanne special edition and his second seeded Lego mask from this past year was greater (26 vs 18) than the spread between the Mighty Ducks one and two seeds.
- The Mighty Ducks bracket match up will be posted on Tuesday, the Anaheim Ducks bracket match up will be posted on Thursday.
- Each match up will be open for exactly one week from original article posting, with a poll attached.
- We'll be looking for reader comments to feature in the results posts that will go up the next day after the match up closes, so for the Mighty Ducks match up going up on 7/28 the results post will go up on 8/5 etc. Comments could be anything ranging from memories of a game or moment that the goalie had in the mask, a breakdown of the artistic merits, why you believe one mask is better than the other, pretty much whatever the reason is you made your choice.
*** We will also be crediting masks with bonus points for comments on Twitter ***
Votes in the poll on-site are worth one point, however if you discuss your selection on Twitter with #ACmaskTOG your chosen mask will get an additional point. Only one additional point will be awarded per Twitter handle, and we'll be looking for Tweets to include as part of the results posts as well.
This Week's Match Ups
The tournament begins on Tuesday with the Mighty Ducks Play In featuring Hebert's alternate from 95-96 facing Roussel's 99-00, then on Thursday Gibson's 14-15 Pac Man and Hiller's 11-12 Movember square off in the Anaheim Ducks Play In.
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