Bruins’ Rask makes young cancer patient’s wish come true, creates custom-made goalie mask for her

Adam Proteau
Tuukka Rask

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

Roberto Luongo has a new mask – what do you think?

Rory Boylen
Roberto Luongo

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

Canucks’ goalie masks are a mix of the comic and colorful

Adam Proteau
Eddie Lack Jacob Markstrom (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks won’t have the playoffs to look forward to in the 2013-14 campaign, but their fans who also enjoy colorful goalie masks have something of a late-season treat: a freshly-painted cage for new netminder Jacob Markstrom, and a humorous addition to starter Eddie Lack’s mask.

Markstrom’s new mask – created by Swedish custom mask artist David Gunnarsson – resembles a killer whale: Read more

Viktor Fasth gets a new mask – what do you think?

Rory Boylen
Viktor Fasth

Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth has played three games since being acquired by the Oilers at the deadline for a third and fifth round draft pick, recording two wins and a .940 save percentage.

But while his numbers have been good, he hasn’t won in style yet. By that, we mean he’s been playing with the “I’ve just been traded” white helmet.

Until now. Read more

Check out Marc-Andre Fleury’s Pittsburgh Steelers mask for Chicago Stadium Series game

Rory Boylen

Yesterday on the blog, we featured Chicago backup goalie Antti Raanta’s Stadium Series mask that he’ll use in this Saturday’s outdoor game. But he likely won’t be playing in the game, so we won’t get to see much of the ‘Eddie the Eagle’ throw back look.

Today we turn our attention to the two starters: Marc-Andre Fleury and Corey Crawford.

Since the game will be played at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, the design Fleury is going with perfectly fits the day’s theme. When you think of all-time NFL defences, you think of Chicago’s Monsters of the Midway or Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain. The two teams are in different conferences and have never met in a Super Bowl, but both franchises are legendary and pride themselves on a strong ‘D.’ Read more

Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta honors ‘Eddie the Eagle’ with outdoor mask

Rory Boylen
Antti Raanta

The last leg of the NHL Stadium Series takes place this weekend in Chicago. Sunday’s Ottawa-Vancouver game in B.C. Place falls under the Heritage Classic banner, but still, Saturday’s Pittsburgh-Chicago game at Soldier Field could be the final outdoor game this year (West Coast weather permitting).

Goalies have kind of made the outdoor games their playground to show off some creative style. Henrik Lundqvist wore pinstriped pads, while Evgeni Nabokov went with the Jose Theodore look by sporting a toque on his helmet at Yankee Stadium. Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier chose the toque as well, but added an old-school look to his pads. It’s what the goalies do for these events. Read more