In the history of goalie masks, there haven’t been much more intimidating than that of Gilles Gratton, who wore a ferocious big cat on his old-school mask. However, there might be a new challenger coming out of the NCAA.
Gabe Grunwald, who plays for the NCAA’s University of Wisconsin, has a new, fierce paint job of his own: Read more
Ben Scrivens is one of the more conscientious NHLers of his generation, so it was entirely within character to see the Oilers netminder stand up for mental health Monday by announcing he’d wear a series of goalie masks to raise awareness of the issue.
Scrivens’ “Ben’s Netminders” program, in support of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, is providing a platform for four local artists diagnosed with schizophrenia to design a goalie mask for him that touches on the disease. The masks will be auctioned off to raise funds for the organization – and the first artist selected, Richard Boulet, stressed the words “empathy” and “hope” on his version: Read more
When you’re the goalie for a team called the Predators, your options for a fearsome mask design are wide. Last year, Rinne used a “facehugger Alien” design and before that he used a “Hardcorelicious” monster.
For each one, he’s worked with goalie mask designer extraordinaire David Gunnarsson and he did the same this year. This is my favorite of the bunch: a beastly gladiator named Maximus. You can see the beast’s hungry teeth at the bottom of the helmet and the Gladiator mask he’s hidden behind at the top.
Gunnarsson described the design on his Facebook page: Read more
In 2012 Malcolm Subban was a member of the Ontario League’s Belleville Bulls and a recently drafted prospect of the Boston Bruins. He wanted to change his goalie mask and give it a meaner and morbid look and he worked with Montreal painter David Leroux to do it.
The results were pretty awesome. Subban’s mask represented the Bulls on the front and had a Bruins logo on the back plate. But that’s not all: the mask also had the Grim Reaper staring into your soul and a striking red, yellow and orange color scheme that fit nicely with the Bulls.
Also appearing on the back plate was a verse from the Bible, Psalm 23:4:
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Pretty cool, right?
Well today Leroux showed off an updated design for Subban, who has since moved on from the Bulls and will likely play his second consecutive season with the American League’s Providence Bruins – and possibly with the NHL club. The mask still has the Grim Reaper and the Bible passage on it, but has been updated to fit a Boston Bruins theme.
This thing is menacing…and totally awesome. Read more
Ryan Miller signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks this summer, giving the Canucks some stability in the position as they enter an interesting period. Was last year’s implosion a result of John Tortorella’s presence, or natural decline from the ageing core players? In acquiring Miller, Vancouver gave itself a chance at a bounce back year and to see just what they have left in the tank.
Wednesday, the team unveiled what Miller’s new mask will look like. The green, blue and white native totem pole design on the front is a beautiful fit in to the Canucks look.
On the back plate, Miller acknowledges his wife (Noureen), dog (Puck) and his cousin (MattMan) who passed away form leukaemia at the age of 18. They’re tributes he makes on all his masks. He did it on the Blues mask he wore for a short period and on his Olympic mask in Sochi.
What do you think of Miller’s new Canucks mask? Read more
In one year the New York Islanders will move from Nassau Coliseum into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They’ll leave the only home they’ve ever known, where they enjoyed dynastic success in the early-1980s. But ever since those Golden Years, life as an Islanders fan hasn’t always been easy. There have been plenty of years worth forgetting about.
So let’s remember the good ol’ days, shall we? That’s what Islanders goalie David Leggio is doing with his new goalie mask this season, designed by paint master David Gunnarsson. Leggio’s mask includes Mike Bossy and Al Arbour, two staples of the Islanders Cup teams. Here’s how Gunnarsson describes the mask on his Facebook page: Read more
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: