Custom made goalie masks, direct from Canada
From Mold to Mask*
For a reasonable price, a small company in Laval, Quebec will send you instructions on how to make a mold of your head. You’ll then send this mold to them in order that they produce for you a perfectly fitting goalie mask in about 12-14 weeks. All it needs then is a nice paint job (though we think the mummy vibe is a trend whose time has come). We spoke with the owner, Michel Doganieri.
Where are you from?
I was born in Montreal in 1959 and then moved to Laval 20 years ago.
How long have you been making goalie masks?
I’m making goalie masks since 1988 so it’s 26 years now.
Do you make only goalie masks?
Yes, only goalie masks. Too busy to think about something else (emoji).
How did you begin?
Originally I made one for personal use only, but as more and more friends noticed my mask, they asked me to produce some masks for them. I made four in the first year and things started to grow from there.
Are you a goalie?
Yes I was. I retired three years ago with some back problems.
Is it your fulltime job? If not, what is?
No, it’s not. For the past 15 years, I’ve worked in customer service for a tire equipment supply company.
Where is your company located?
I’m located in Laval ( just outside of Montreal).
Are your customers mostly from the pros, youth leagues or major junior / colleges?
Well, I still make masks for some pros but it’s more for the youth leagues and major junior / colleges, and adult recreation leagues.
Are they mostly from Canada or the US or around the world?
Most of them are from Canada and USA but lots are also from Europe.
Can you tell us some goalies who are well-known that you have made masks for?
I’ve made masks for many pros but the most well-known are Patrick Lalime, Jean-Sébastien Giguère, Mathieu Garon, Joçelyn Thibault, José Théodore, Marc Denis. All those guys are retired now but I still have Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo wearing them.
How many masks are you working on at one time?
Usually, I can work on four masks at the same time.
How long does it usually take to finish one?
It goes from approximately 18-20 hours for a full fiberglass mask to approximately 24-26 hours for a full kevlar mask. Kevlar is more difficult to work with, requiring more time to get the same result as a fiberglass mask.
How many people work with you?
I’m the only one. •
*See Issue 2 for finished mask.