When Glenn Hall played for the Blues from 1967-71, goalie equipment was smaller and heavier. And to modify one of coach Ken Hitchcock's favorite expressions, that's not a good sign for a goalie.

Fifty years ago, the stuffed leather pads that goalies used were like glorified leg warmers. The accessories – pants, chest protector – exponentially smaller. The old equipment weighed more than 40 pounds, before it got wet. Today's high-tech stuff weights between 20 and 25 pounds.

Hall didn't start wearing a mask until 1968-69, at the behest of teammate and fellow goaltending legend Jacques Plante. The masks were smaller, too. And with players like Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr doing the shooting, Hall took more than 300 stitches in his face, close to 100 around his mouth.

In part because of those disconcerting realities, the Blues kept a bucket near his stall at the old Arena, "Hall's bucket." Before each game, as he prepared to leave the room to take the ice, the nerves in his stomach would bubble over and Hall would use the bucket.

"That bucket should be in the Hall of Fame," former teammate Bob Plager once said.