BERT BRAKE

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Date of Birth: 1936
Place of Birth: Meadows, NL
Inducted: 2012 (Player Category)

The first goalie to wear a face mask in provincial senior hockey, Bert Brake enjoyed a very successful career with the Corner Brook Royals and within Corner Brook senior hockey. An extremely effective puck stopper, he was a great team player and an individual who always displayed impressive sportsmanship at all levels of competition.

After starting his career within Corner Brook Minor and school hockey, Brake played in the high level Corner Brook Senior Hockey League with Curling Rangers and Humber Hawks. As was the custom, he was one of the top local players selected to join the Royals for provincial play.

He backstopped the Royals for four seasons, joining the club in1962. He played a major role in Corner Brook winning the Herder Memorial Trophy as provincial senior champions in 1964 and 1966.

Overall, he played 75 provincial senior hockey games during an era that was highlighted by exceptional goal scorers and featured games with plenty of goals. Offence was the main strategy of hockey during that period.
During his 4,500 minutes of net-minding Brake recorded an excellent 4.09 goals against.

Brake followed up his senior career with five seasons of old-timers hockey.

His decision to wear a facemask came after he suffered being hit in the face by a puck, He called upon the known talent of Corner Brook equipment manager Gerald Goosney to fashion a mask from a kit and Brake wore this mask for the remainder of his playing career.

Extremely well liked and respected by his teammates and coaches, Brake was a fine role model for young hockey players, especially in Corner Brook and his overall contributions to hockey in general was outstanding.