Russian women’s goaltender pays tribute to late Alexei Cherepanov with beautiful mask

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Maria Sorokina (via Twitter/Andre Ringuette/HHOF Images)

Goaltenders have used mask art to pay tribute to troops, they’ve shown their love for family and friends and in some cases the legends who came before them. For Russia’s Maria Sorokina, her mask for the Women’s World Championship honors the life of Alexei Cherepanov.

Cherepanov, you may recall, was drafted 17th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2007 draft. While playing in the KHL for Avangard Omsk in 2008, Cherepanov tragically passed away at the age of 19. During an October 2008 contest against Vityaz Chekhov, Cherepanov returned to the bench following a shift, collapsed and was later pronounced dead. His death shocked the hockey world. Read more

Michael J. Fox creates ‘Back To The Future’ goalie mask with Henrik Lundqvist

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Michael J. Fox's custom 'Back to the Future' mask (via DaveArt)

Back to the Future is one of the most beloved movie franchises of the 1980s, and that’s thanks in large part to the talent of Michael J. Fox, who made us fall in love with Marty McFly.

As part of Henrik Lundqvist’s series on MSG, The Mask, he had Fox on as a guest to talk about how life was growing up, what made Lundqvist become a goaltender and, in the end, design a special mask to be painted by Lundqvist’s mask maker, David Gunnarsson of DaveArt.

You can check out the full Back to the Future-themed mask below: Read more

Justin Peters’ new mask turns Honest Abe into frightening dog

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Justin Peters' newest mask (via DaveART/Facebook)

Justin Peters’ nickname, ‘Pete-Dawg,’ has made an appearance on his NHL masks in some way, shape or form since he made his NHL debut in 2009-10. Never has the “dawg” been so dapper, though.

For his newest mask, Peters teamed up with DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson to create a very ferocious yet presidential dog – one fitted with a top hat, bow tie and Abraham Lincoln’s famous facial hair. It’s not just a nod to one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, though. It actually pays tribute to what has become a Capitals tradition. After every victory, the players hand out an Honest Abe hat and beard to the player of the game. Read more

Jonas Hiller’s new Flames Retro Night mask is a thing of beauty

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Jonas Hiller's Retro Night mask (via FlamesTV/NHL)

Calgary Flames netminder Jonas Hiller has long been one of the NHL’s most stylish goaltenders. His matte black masks in Anaheim and Calgary, fit with gold cages, were unique and something that hadn’t been seen before. Now, for the Flames’ retro night on March 19, Hiller has a new, beautiful mask to showcase.

The mask, a mixture of the deep yellow and red that pop on Calgary’s throwback uniforms, includes a “stitched on” Flames logo, the matte paint job that Hiller has made popular and his signature gold cage. There are also a lot of smaller details that you might not catch at first glance.

FlamesTV host Kristin Hallett caught up with Hiller to ask him about what went into the design, why he chose it and his other retro night gear, including a slick set of pads: Read more

Mike Smith’s retro mask features frightening Alice Cooper

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The back panel of Mike Smith's retro mask features classic rocker Alice Cooper. (David Arrigo)

When the Arizona Coyotes announced they would be having a retro night, it would have been easy to assume the scariest thing would be the return of the “kachina” jerseys. Turns out it’s Mike Smith’s mask.

Mask designer and artist David Arrigo released a first-look at Smith’s mask on his website, and to say the back panel is frightening would be an understatement. Though the mask itself is a clean and beautiful representation of the old Coyotes logo, the back panel features classic rock icon Alice Cooper staring into your soul. Check it out: Read more

Ondrej Pavelec’s new mask pays tribute to Bruce Springsteen

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Ondrej Pavelec's new mask features Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (via DaveArt/Facebook)

When you think about Winnipeg’s music scene, names like The Guess Who, Neil Young or even The Weakerthans might come to mind. But Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec had a different idea for his new mask.

Instead of going with homegrown music icons, Pavelec’s new mask will pay homage to a group of rock legends, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The mask, painted by David Gunnarson of DaveArt, features photos of Springsteen from just about every generation of his illustrious career. Read more

Check out Ben Bishop’s new, luminescent Tron Lightning mask

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Ben Bishop Tampa Tron Mask featured

At 6-foot-7, 214 lbs., Ben Bishop is a hard guy to miss. Thanks to his new mask design, it’s even easy to spot him in the dark.

Bishop, Tampa Bay’s number one netminder, teamed up with DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson for an incredible new lid that makes use of Gunnarsson’s GLOW Tech FX that he’s been using quite a bit lately. The GLOW Tech FX paint allows the mask to glow in the dark, and Bishop’s mask makes such great use of the technology that you could see him from a mile away. Read more

Viktor Fasth’s new mask will haunt your dreams

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Viktor Fasth's new mask (DaveArt/Facebook)

Viktor Fasth is no stranger to having creepy masks, but his brand new lid takes the cake.

Working with DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson, Fasth came up with a brand new lid that mixes the cogwheels and oil that have become staples on the masks of Oilers netminders with his a childhood fear of many – a frightening looking clown. Be warned – if you wanted to sleep well tonight, Fasth’s new mask might throw a wrench in those plans. Read more