Vintage Winnwell leather leg pads worn by the goal keeper.
Fastens with leather straps and buckles. Made by Winnwell in Canada, these pads are covered in a brown leather and have a thick soft white fleecy type of material inside. A couple of the straps are missing, it’s been patched up on 1 of the pads and the leather is worn in places. The name is quite worn but is still discernible. Please see images.
The first pads were actually borrowed from the English sport of cricket but by the 1930’s they had become thicker and wider. Emil “Pop” Kenesky is credited with the innovation of a new and better goalie pad in 1924 made of leather with horsehair stuffing. In the next decade, an extra roll of material called a skip-over roll was placed over the edge of the pad. This extra edge was gradually extended through the 1950’s and by the 1980’s extra padding was added to protect the insides of the legs and knees so that by the 1990’s the pads were made from synthetic leathers and high-density foams. Finally, the 2000’s saw the introduction of ‘box’ style or square pads to maximize the blocking area for the goalie as the goaltending style of play changed to a blocking action.
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Product Code: 10639
Styling: These would look great in any sports bar or restaurant, man cave, as a prop, or for any sporting collector.