They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but can you judge a goalie by his or her mask? If so, Andrei Vasilevskiy is an absolute star.
The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect, taken in the first round, 19th overall, in 2012, had his new, custom mask posted by Sylvie Marsolais over at Quebec’s Sylabrush: Read more
When Brian Elliott takes the ice on Tuesday night, something is going to look different. The mask he wears – night in and night out – won’t be getting the start. Instead, Elliott will don a special mask, dedicated to both veterans and those currently serving their country.
Head Strong Grafx designed Elliott’s mask, but the presentation of the mask came from 92-year-old Charles Rohde, a World War II veteran. Read more
He’s big, he’s well padded, and you can find him in goal for the New York Rangers. We’re not talking about Henrik Lundqvist or Cam Talbot, either. No, it’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
During last night’s 4-3 shootout loss to the St. Louis Blues, Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot debuted the fifth in his series of Ghostbusters themed masks: Read more
There’s something fitting about Anaheim Ducks’ goaltender Frederik Andersen donning a mask featuring one of the most famous crime movies of all-time. After all, his work in usurping former Ducks keeper Jonas Hiller’s place was a heist the likes of which we rarely see anymore. And some of the saves he’s made this season are criminal in their own right.
Andersen, with the help of Swedish goalie mask artist/wizard David Gunnarsson, will enter the cage with a brand new Reservoir Dogs themed mask which has been dubbed “Reservoir Ducks” by the duo. Take a look: Read more
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