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
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
The closer we get to the Olympic Games, the more goalie masks are being rolled out. Remember Jonathan Quick’s mask from last week? The back plate of that design was unveiled earlier this week and pays homage to war heroes.
A few days ago, Henrik Lundqvist’s sharp blue and yellow Swedish helmet was also unveiled.
The latest comes from Boston’s Tuukka Rask, who will most likely be the go-to starter for Finland in Sochi. Instead of a flag-waving blue and white design, Rask’s look is very gold and very mighty. It was designed by Pro’s Choice and was unveiled last night.
The crown of the helmet features a golden lion, which appears on the Finnish coat of arms (and also goes nicely with his NHL team), with a radical “Suomi” streaking across the bottom between two Finnish flags. The back plate of the helmet features an arm holding a sword with the word “Finland” across the bottom.
What do you think of Rask’s look?
Jonathan Quick’s Olympic goalie mask was unveiled today and it is one slick, good-looking design.
Steve Nash of EyeCandyAir, designer of the helmet, revealed the design Wednesday. What do you think? (EDITOR’S NOTE: The back plate of the helmet will be revealed at a later date)
Florida Panthers goalie Tim Thomas, who had been using a nondescript white helmet with his new team, finally got his cage painted. The image, released by the Panthers via Instagram is a shout out (intentional or not) to the former Panthers goalie who led the team in its only memorable season in 20 years of existence. Read more
Mister Cartoon is a legendary artist whose love for his hometown of Los Angeles is reflected in his work. Hugely influential in the graffiti and tattoo worlds, he’s now turned his attention to hockey and his city’s Kings. Mister Cartoon and the Kings have teamed up for a collaboration featuring exclusive T-shirt and hat designs and a special mask for starting goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Part of the proceeds from the merchandise will go to Para Los Ninos, a non-profit focused on children’s education. The kickoff event is tonight before L.A. takes on Phoenix.
Mister Cartoon has done tattoos for musicians such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Justin Timberlake, as well athletes CC Sabathia and Amar’e Stoudamire. He considers himself a Kings fan going back to the days the team used to play in the city’s Inglewood area. And as you can see below, he can make a mean goalie mask when called upon:
For more angles and merch pics, check out the Kings’ website
Hey kids, here’s a cautionary tale for all you goalies out there. Scottie Riggs from Old Brookville, N.Y., has a story that will give you nightmares – and teach you to regularly test your cages. Warning: picture near the bottom is not for the squeamish. Read more