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.
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
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.
Tuukka Rask’s Olympic mask for Finland pic.twitter.com/FWbBcHEDks
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) February 4, 2014
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?