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I came across a Craigslist ad last week for a bag of old goalie gear. It was from a family cleaning out a storage locker. I was interested because the ad said there were a pair of Bauer Supreme size 9. The skates fit perfectly and are in great condition. The seller said he didn't want to break apart the set, so I bought the whole bag of gear for a really good price. When I got home and started unpacking the bag, I knew I got something special. First, here are a pair of excellent condition Thomsen custom made pads from the early 70's in size 32". Thomsen were pro pads on par with Kenesky and Bourdon back in the 70's. I think they were made in Minnesota.
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The leather is real soft. There are no repairs or holes and very little wear at all. The bag also contained a custom made mask with the maker's name (G. Smolen) engraved on the inside. I have to do a bit of research on the mask maker, but the seller told me that the gear was his older brother's who is 55 years old and that the mask was made locally for him in the Chicago area back in the mid 70's. I have seen a few masks similar to this one that also were made in Chicago, including one that a former customer of mine has, so I may be able to find out more about it. The mask is extremely high quality. Not too thin or thick, but very solid. The inside and outside are as smooth as a bowling ball.
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It has original straps, a plastic Cooper backplate and there was also a plastic bag with extra straps with it.
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With finds like that - I regret being in/from Scotland more and more everyday. /:

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Another great grab, Nuems. Smolen was a damn good goaltender in the chicago area back in the 70s and 80s. Amazing how you keep finding these needles in the haystacks.
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Joe, do you remember G. Smolen's first name or what teams he played on? Maybe I can track him down. He sure made a helluva good mask. Also would like to find out more about these Thomson pads. I have only seen one other pair up close and that was in 1978. This bag of gear also has a pair of Cooper gloves with a small embroidered Gunzo's tag sewn to the cuff of the blocker. I'm thinking that maybe the pads were ordered through Gunzo's too. Gunzo's son Jay is an old friend of mine so I sent him a message asking the same questions (haven't heard back from him yet).
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This is from Glenn Miller:

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Paul Thompson was a old type Hippe guy who started out in Minnesota. He built pro and senior pads. I think they called THS pads. Well built but heavy. Leather and deer hair pads. One of the goalies in the early 70's when I was an student manager for the U of M hockey team had Thompsons. Jim Craig wore them for the 1980 Olympic team. He was from Boston College The other goalie, Janisak wore my pads. He played at Minnesota with Herb Brooks. Paul got of hockey for a while but went back into it in the 1980's. He had moved to some where in Pennsylvania by then. Stayed there for a while then moved everything to some place in Arizona. He retired from hockey about 5 plus years ago and sold everything. I think he is still in Arizona. Hope that helps.
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If my memory serves, his first name was Greg. I played against him at Saints Spectrum (95th and I-294) and he and I were at some gigantic goalie tryout camp for midgets or juniors at the old Downer's Grove rink with the chain link fence for glass. If it is the same guy, I think he told me at the time his mask was made by a guy named Robert(?) Lescher. Smolen would be about my age, 50.

Gunzo's would be a good guess but the old Johnson's in Des Plaines sold Thompson's also.

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Yep; it was UM's Frank Zimmerman, from Edina, MN, who got the Thomsons, complete with snazzy Maize'n'Blue labels
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A few more things I picked up off Craig's last week. A pair of unused pro stock Cooper gloves:

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The Coopers are keepers to replace my aging 12s, but I don't have any need to hang onto the Vaughn blocker. If any collectors are interested in it, send me a message.
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Dave, is there a story that goes along with the Cooper gloves? Being from their Custom Pro Shop means that Norm Widdis and his crew of a few special crafts people at the Toronto factory performed their magic on this set.

What a very special find.

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I don't know who those Coopers were made for. The person I bought them from told me that he found them in a thrift shop and bought them just to flip and make some money. He jumped on my offer of $100 for the pair, so he must have got them really cheap. The catch glove seems stock to me, can't see anything modified. The blocker has an extra piece of foam in a nylon pocket sewn between the back of the glove and the blocker board. It is identical to a glove I got made in the late 80's from the "Pro Shop" except mine also had a wrist cinch strap too. I started working in the catch glove, forgot how stiff those things were new. It's going to take some time before I can play in it.

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