As Cam Talbot was waiting for festivities to begin at the Smashfest charity fundraiser earlier this summer, an exuberant New York Rangers fan spotted the backup goalie and couldn’t help but yell out some praise.
“Hey Cam!” he said. “You helped us get to the playoffs man, thanks!”
The Anaheim Ducks are expecting big things out of 6-foot-4 netminder Frederik Andersen this season and at the least, the Danish national will gain a lot of young fans with his new mask. Designed by the legendary Dave Gunnarsson, Andersen’s new cage is Lego inspired, which makes sense since the incredibly popular building blocks were invented in Denmark. Check it out:
Philipp Grubauer will have to battle incumbent Braden Holtby and newcomer Justin Peters for crease time in Washington, but when the young German does get his chance, he’ll do so in style with a new mask from design guru Dave Gunnarsson.
Entitled “The Desolation of Grubi – Atomic Breath,” this mask brings some thunder.
Next season, the Anaheim Ducks are slated to have Frederik Andersen as the starter with freshly signed Jason LaBarbera as his backup. But John Gibson, who showed he’s pretty much ready for the big time with his play down the stretch and in the playoffs.
His numbers are good enough, but if style points count for anything, Gibson is definitely NHL ready. Read more
Have you ever really looked at Henrik Lundqvist’s goalie mask? It’s a pretty sharp one. The blue pops, the Statue of Liberty is present and it gives a shout out to his Frolunda days with the lightning bolts.
But he’s The King and this is missing…something.
And now we know what it is. Thanks Armori Steele!
The Montreal-based company is delving into the luxury goalie mask market (which I never even knew existed!), so now you too can own a diamond-encrusted, gold-plated hockey treasure. Here’s more info from the website:
“Employing meticulously handpicked diamonds, 24 karat pure gold, precious gemstones and authentic Swarovski crystals, each hockey helmet is hand painted and handcrafted in Montreal. Every masterpiece is immaculate and unparalleled.
Reminiscent of an emperor’s armor, refined finesse meets brute force. For the triumphant individual who seeks the highest level of distinction, we proudly present to you ARMORI STEELE: The world’s most luxurious goalie mask collection.”
But the emotional words don’t do this incredibly intense video justice: Read more
Turns out the bromance is not over for Roberto Luongo and Eddie Lack. When the Vancouver Canucks sent Bobby Lu to Florida in March, it broke up the budding friendship between netminders. We know Luongo was stoked to fly south, as he tweeted a picture of a palm tree, but Lack tweeted #bromanceover. The young Swede didn’t want the love to die.
Turns out Luongo hasn’t stopped pining for his bro, either. Lack and the Canucks are holding a contest to design Lack’s 2014-15 mask. Low and behold, Luongo, a.k.a. @strombone1, grabbed a template and crafted a submission:
In mid-March, Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to delight nine-year-old Maddie Santotuosso, a Boston-area girl fighting a rare tissue cancer, when he visited her at a local sporting goods store and helped her pick out brand new goaltender equipment. The youngster and huge Bruins fan was thrilled to meet one of her idols. (Her story begins at the 9:40 mark of this video.)
However, Rask’s act of kindness didn’t end there. Read more
At this year’s trade deadline, Roberto Luongo was returned to his rightful NHL home when the imploding Vancouver Canucks traded their only remaining starter back to the Florida Panthers.
Since returning to Sunrise, Luongo has a .923 save percentage and 2.45 GAA in 12 games and he’s done it while sporting the familiar Pink Panther mask that fans were drawn to in his first go-around in Florida. A lot of goalies who get traded – such as Ryan Miller and Jaroslav Halak this season – usually wear a plain white helmet in lieu of wearing a mask that represents their former team.
Luongo didn’t need this transitory look, since he had his old Panthers helmet still lying around. But today, his new Florida mask was revealed.
What do you think? Read more