A. No, but I would be if it weren't for the mask.
Q. Somebody told me a long time ago that it wasn't fear that made goalies wear masks, it was something more subtle and complex.
A It's something very simple. It's fright.
Q. Nothing more?
A. Nothing more. That puck can flatten your face. Sometimes I get hit in the mask and it hurts even then. Dennis Hull shot a puck at me this year from about 25 feet out and it hit me in the chest. Oh, shoot, did it hurt! Then it bounced up and caught me on the chin and cut me for three stitches. That's how much momentum it had.
Q. Would you play without a mask?
A. I doubt it, and I think most of the goal-tenders in the league feel the same. When Bernie Parent lost his mask at New York, he refused to play the game, and I would have done exactly the same thing. It is a sensible fear. Nobody in the league plays without a mask except Joe Daley and Gump Worsley, and they will be the last two, I'm sure.
Q. How would you describe your own style of goaltending?
A. Stand-up, I hope. When I get into trouble, it's usually when I'm off my feet. When you're six four and over 200 it takes a bit to get you back on your feet once you go down. I'm a little like a derailed train when I'm on the ice.
Q. Throwing modesty to the winds, what is your big strength?