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Face Off: Warren Skorodenski surveys the scene at the Chicago Black Hawks’ training camp in September of 1982. He was 22 that year, vying for a job against veterans Tony Esposito and Murray Bannerman. Skorodenski didn’t make the cut: he and his unsettling mask spent that year with the AHL’s Springfield Indians. He did get his chance in Chicago during the 1984-85 season, as Bannerman’s understudy, playing in 27 games and coming out with a record of 11-9-3 with two shutouts and a 3.22 GAA. He played parts of two more season with Chicago; later, in 1987-88, Skorodenski got into three games with the Edmonton Oilers. (Image: © Chicago Sun-Times, ST-19030017-0003, Chicago Sun-Times collection, Chicago History Museum)