We’ve been known to feature a lot of impressive goalie mask designs in this space. They’re always top-of-the-line designs, usually by renowned mask painter David Gunnarsson, and are a window into the personality of NHL goalies.
Former NHLer Marek Schwarz took his mask design in a different direction.
Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson has a love for classic video games, and while other netminders put art from bands, movies or music on their helmets, Gibson has made his lid a place to show off his love for old school video games.
On his masks, Gibson has already paid tribute to the likes of Pac-Man, Duck Hunter and Space Invaders, but he had an idea for a new mask. This time, he’s paying tribute to the original Donkey Kong, which gamers may recall was also one of the very first appearances of Super Mario, the iconic Nintendo character and mascot. Check it out: Read more
When you think of Canucks third-string netminder Richard Bachman, it’s unlikely any connection is made to author Stephen King. There’s a fact Bachman is well aware of, however, and it’s that his name, Richard Bachman, has been used by King as a pen name.
In fact, Over the past 40 years, King, under the Bachman pseudonym, has released seven novels, the most recent of which was 2007’s The Blaze. And while King hasn’t delivered any of his most recognizable novels under the cover of his nom de plume, he is somewhat responsible for one of the best horror movie masks we’ve seen in some time with Bachman’s tribute to King’s novel-turned-film ‘The Shining.’ Check it out: Read more
If you’ve seen Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner play lately, something about his new look probably stands out.
For the past three games, Lehner has been wearing a brand new mask. And while some goaltenders have their helmets stick out from the crowd with bright, eye-popping colors, wild designs or matte finishes, Lehner’s mask is catching eyes because it looks like he brought it into game action before it was even finished.
The mask, which was designed by David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, is a tribute to his Lehner’s favorite band, In Flames, and stands out because it’s devoid of any color and drawn entirely with a sketch pen. Take a look: Read more
Goaltenders are no strangers to changing up their mask design. With the start of almost every season usually comes several design changes for netminders around the league, and Chicago netminder Corey Crawford has switched up his mask a few times over his past six seasons with the Blackhawks.
But beyond his normal designs, Crawford has also had masks designed for several special occasions, and this season will mark the third time Crawford has had a new mask made for an outdoor game. You would figure at some point the 31-year-old would run out of ideas, but he keeps churning out new designs for the specialty games, though this season’s mask may be his simplest to date.
For the Stadium Series game against the Minnesota Wild, which takes place at Minneapolis’ TCF Bank Stadium on Feb. 21, Crawford will be rocking a simple but sleek mask with a symmetrical design. The mask matches the simple but classic striping pattern of the Blackhawks’ Stadium Series jerseys. Take a look: Read more
Before either Cory Schneider or Keith Kinkaid were playing competitive hockey, the New Jersey Devils had moved away from the white, green and red jerseys that they wore when the club first took the ice. That doesn’t mean the Devils netminders can’t find a slick way to pay tribute to those who wore those threads, though.
The Devils are set to host two retro nights over the next five weeks where the club will wear an updated version of their old jerseys, and Schneider and Kinkaid are set to take the ice in matching garb. Their masks are no exception.
Thanks to DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson, both goaltenders will have brand new masks for the occasion. Schneider chose to go with a team retrospective — his mask features some of the mainstays of the late-1980s and early-1990s Devils — while Kinkaid is honoring arguably the greatest goaltender in league history: Read more
Jason LaBarbera has yet step between the pipes for the Flyers this season, but if he does, he’ll be bringing the most electrifying mask in hockey history to the ice. LaBarbera’s new lid pays tribute to box-office superstar and professional wrestling legend Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
It’s well known that LaBarbera, 36, is a huge wrestling fan. With that in mind, it makes sense that when getting a new mask for a team that plays in the city famous for Rocky Balboa the veteran netminder would mix his love of the squared circle with another famous Rocky.
LaBarbera’s mask, which was designed by DaveArt’s Dave Gunnarsson, doesn’t show off too much of The Rock’s in-ring work, but it does feature the 10-time world champion posing for the camera. The entire left panel is dedicated to The Rock, with the right side featuring the Flyers logo sprawling into the cage: Read more
Ron Burgundy, the fictitious San Diego broadcaster played by Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, is one of the most memorable — and certainly most quotable — characters from a comedy in the past 15 years.
Burgundy’s quips and one-liners have remained incredibly popular more than a decade after the film’s 2004 release, and it seemed only a matter of time before someone would make the obvious connection between Anchorman and the San Diego Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate. Well, the connection has been made, and now Gulls fans will be seeing Burgundy night in and night out on the mask of goaltender Ryan Faragher.
Mask artist David Gunnarsson posted Faragher’s new mask Friday, and it pays homage to the Anchorman character with a portrait on the left panel of the mask, as well as the rest of his Channel 4 news team: Read more