Red Wings’ Howard, Mrazek get new masks for Military Appreciation Night

Jared Clinton
Jimmy Howard (left) and Petr Mrazek (right) will wear special masks for Military Appreciation Night. (via Detroit Red Wings/Twitter)

The Detroit Red Wings are suiting up for their first contest since Veterans Day when they host the San Jose Sharks Friday night, and goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek are set to honor those who’ve served with brand new helmets.

Vaughn, one of the largest producers of goaltending equipment, donated the masks to the Red Wings netminders. The helmets are primarily camouflage, but both have subtle design differences. The back panel of Howard’s mask features a silhouette of the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima, an iconic image from the second World War, while Mrazek’s mask features the POW/MIA flag. Take a look: Read more

New mask of Devils’ farmhand Wedgewood features Seinfeld character

Daniel Nugent-Bowman
NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Peter Regin #16 of the New York Islanders scores a third period goal against Scott Wedgewood #50 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on September 19, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Islanders defeated the Devils 5-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Forget family, friends or even a beloved family pet. Albany Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood has the ultimate supporter adorned on his mask.

Wedgewood’s new Dave Gunnarsson design was unveiled by InGoal Magazine on Saturday and it features New Jersey Devils fanatic David Puddy – Patrick Warburton’s lunkhead character on the hit show Seinfeld.

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NWHL goaltender Brianne McLaughlin has an awesome new mask

Jared Clinton
Brianne McLaughlin's new mask (via Twitter)

Believe it or not, the NWHL is already three weeks into its inaugural season. But Buffalo Beauts netminder Brianne McLaughlin is already ready to make an aesthetic change, as she has a new mask on the way.

There aren’t many goaltenders — NHL, AHL, NWHL or otherwise — that rock silver masks, but that’s exactly what McLaughlin will be putting on when she gets her new headwear. On a silver backdrop, the mask has the Beauts’ signature baby blue, black and white striping, with the team word mark in blue down the jaw line. It also features a pin-up model, wearing a Beauts jersey, sitting atop the ‘B’: Read more

Eddie Lack’s hilarious new mask features Roberto Luongo, Swedish Chef

Jared Clinton
Eddie Lack's new mask (via DaveArt/Facebook)

There’s an argument to be made that no goaltender in the NHL has quite as much fun as Eddie Lack.

The 27-year-old Swedish netminder has made a lot of fans with his wacky antics. From his dinner with a cardboard cutout of former teammate Ryan Kesler and his off-season taco tattoo, Lack is usually up to something worth a laugh.

Following an off-season trade to the Hurricanes, Lack was in need of a new mask for the upcoming season. And, after giving fans a taste of what was to come, the completed work has been unveiled. It’s even more glorious than one could have expected. Read more

Lehner and Varlamov get new masks. Which one is better?

Jared Clinton
Robin Lehner's mask (via David Gunnarsson/Instagram)

A new season means new masks for many of the NHL’s goaltenders and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner and Colorado Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov have unveiled their newest helmets.

Lehner, who is getting set for his first season as a Sabre, went a route not often seen when it comes to mask design. Gone are the flashy, shiny graphics in place of a matte finish and design that incorporates Lehner’s musical taste. Read more

Maple Leafs’ Bernier unveils new mask for the 2015-16 season

Jared Clinton
Jonathan Bernier's new mask (via Instagram)

A good number of goaltenders choose to go with bold designs and outlandish characters for their mask designs, but Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier is going a much more classic route with his mask for the 2015-16 season.

Bernier put his newest lid on display for the world to see via his Instagram page Sunday, and the new design is sleek, simple and easy on the eye.

As always, his signature lion is on the crown of the mask, but it’s the way the mask’s other panels have been designed that really makes the helmet’s design shine. Read more

Andrew Hammond pays tribute to ‘Butterfly Child’ on new mask

Jared Clinton
Andrew Hammond's new mask. (via Jason Bartziokas/Instagram)

With a nickname like ‘Hamburglar,’ it was pretty obvious what was going to be the main focus of Andrew Hammond’s new mask. But it’s the tribute on the back that really stands out.

Hammond unveiled his brand new lid for the upcoming campaign through his Twitter account Tuesday, and the mask has all the staples one would be looking for. It has the McDonald’s character which shares the same nickname, the Hamburglar, swinging through a brick wall, it has ‘Hammy’ across the chin with the famed McDonald’s golden arches making up the M’s in the middle and one panel has the Senators’ logo.

In addition, the mask also combines MAD Magazine mascot Alfred E. Neuman with the Hamburglar to give the mischievous McDonald’s character a different look.

But among all of those artistic touches, it’s the tribute on the back of the mask that’s most eye-catching. Read more

See the five finalists in Cory Schneider mask competition

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One of five fan mask designs selected as finalists for Cory Schneider's mask design contest. (via New Jersey Devils/Twitter)

No matter which direction he chooses to go, Cory Schneider is going to have one of the most visually appealing masks in the NHL next season.

The New Jersey Devils goaltender is in the midst of holding a mask design competition. The competition, which began at the end of July, is now on to its second stage, with Schneider narrowing down the submissions to his five favorites. From one to five, each of the frontrunners brings something different to the table, be it devil horns or references to the history of New Jersey.

Take a look: Read more