This Sunday’s game in Anaheim is being called “Teemu Tribute Night,” as the Ducks will retire Teemu Selanne’s jersey before they faceoff against the Winnipeg Jets. Frederik Andersen has a special surprise for the game and he revealed it yesterday.
For Sunday’s game, the Ducks goaltender will don a mask in honor of his former teammate, Selanne. The mask will add to Andersen’s already impressive repertoire of masks that has included everything from Lego characters to a play on the cult classic film Reservoir Dogs. You can check out the aptly named ‘Finnish Flash’ design below. Read more
For lovers of goalie masks, Christmas came a little bit later. On Tuesday, Chicago Blackhawks goaltenders Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta gave fans a first look at their masks for the upcoming Winter Classic.
Both masks pay a bit of an homage to the Blackhawks history, while also incorporating parts of Chicago or thematic nods to the Winter Classic itself. Read more
No goaltender is more synonymous with the Washington Capitals than Olaf Kolzig, and for the Winter Classic, present day Capitals netminder Braden Holtby will pay tribute to ‘Olie the Goalie’ with a special mask.
Holtby’s mask for the outdoor game may not bear any marks that specifically mention Kolzig, but the design is actually very similar to that one which Kolzig wore during the ‘90s. Read more
If there weren’t enough reasons to like Ilya Bryzgalov, the Anaheim Ducks netminder added another. Dave Gunnarson of DaveArt shared Bryzgalov’s new lid today, and it’s chock full of ‘90s cartoon nostalgia.
The mask features classic cartoon superhero Darkwing Duck riding his RatCatcher motorcycle, and while one side captures the hero side of the childhood favorite, the other shows the much funnier, much clumsier side of the Masked Mallard. Read more
Days after unveiling special masks for the holiday season, Detroit Red Wings goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek are set to auction them off for charity.
Fans of the Red Wings, or fans who simply want the chance to take home either mask, can start bidding on them now as they’re live on the NHL Auctions website. All proceeds will go to benefit Volunteers of America Michigan’s Adopt-A-Family program, and will go towards purchasing big-ticket items for the families, such as a washer and dryer for one family who lost their appliances due to flooding in August.
Both goaltenders donned the masks for the Red Wings’ Dec. 16 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and will continue to wear them throughout Detroit’s current homestand. The final appearance for the masks will be on Dec. 23 when the Red Wings host the Sabres. You can see both below. Read more
The comedy series Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian institution and staple of Canada’s cultural landscape, and includes people drinking, swearing and occasionally being violent toward each other. So it’s only natural the show has a connection to, and an affinity for, the game of hockey. And at long last, someone – in this case, artist David Arrigo – has honored the characters by putting their images on a goalie mask.
All three main characters in the highly-raunchy, adult-oriented comedy (Ricky, Julian and Bubbles) are featured prominently on the mask made by the Toronto-based artist, but they’re not the only ones to appear on it. Bubbles’ cats are on it, as is the infamous evil puppet Conky.
Trailer Park Boys mask (image courtesy of David Arrigo)
Martin Brodeur’s mask with the New Jersey Devils is somewhat iconic. There weren’t many changes made throughout his career and the design became synonymous with Brodeur.
As if him sporting St. Louis colors wasn’t a strange enough sight, we now get our first look at what his mask will look like when he steps between the pipes for the Blues: Read more
Earlier this month, Jake Allen and the St. Louis Blues asked fans to submit their designs for the goaltenders second mask.
The fans answered in droves. Now, after sifting through over 400 submissions, the St. Louis Blues goaltender has whittled the voting is down to three finalists. You can see all three potential masks below: Read more