Blues’ Jake Allen rocking new ‘old-school’ mask design

Jared Clinton
Jake Allen's new mask in game action (Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images)

Blues netminder Jake Allen has taken the starting gig in St. Louis and he’s done so in style with top-10 marks in goals-against average, save percentage, wins and shutouts. He’s also done so with a brand new look, as Allen has gone “vintage” with his new mask.

Allen, who had a fan-designed mask for much of the 2014-15 season, unveiled a brand new mask this past weekend which has a much more simplistic feel.

More than any mask Allen has worn before, the new lid follows a pattern and is less heavy graphically. The striping pattern going down the mask resembles the striping on the St. Louis jerseys, as well as a Blues logo on the crown of the mask. On the right and left jawlines of the mask, the St. Louis city skyline is silhouetted along a silver background. Read more

Mrazek shows off RoboClaus, Howard rocks ‘ugly sweater’ on great holiday masks

Jared Clinton
Howard Mrazek Christmas masks

Red Wings goaltenders Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard have started their own holiday tradition. For each of the past two seasons, Detroit’s goaltending duo has had brand new masks come their way in time for the holidays with the idea being a limited run of use before the helmets are auctioned off. And this season, the masks are brilliant.

Anyone who has paid attention to Mrazek’s mask designs of the past won’t have a difficult time guessing at least one feature of the 23-year-old’s new lid. The ever-present picture of Family Guy’s Peter Griffin is front-and-center on Mrazek’s mask, but RoboGriffin — a cross between Detroit’s famed RoboCop and the cartoon character — is decked out in red mitts, has a great, white beard and is holding reins.

The reins play into the left and right panels of Mrazek’s mask, where a fierce-looking Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sits ready to take flight. On the chin is the stylized ‘D’ logo that Detroit wore in honor of the Detroit Cougars at the 2009 Winter Classic: Read more

Red Wings’ Howard, Mrazek get new masks for Military Appreciation Night

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Jimmy Howard (left) and Petr Mrazek (right) will wear special masks for Military Appreciation Night. (via Detroit Red Wings/Twitter)

The Detroit Red Wings are suiting up for their first contest since Veterans Day when they host the San Jose Sharks Friday night, and goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek are set to honor those who’ve served with brand new helmets.

Vaughn, one of the largest producers of goaltending equipment, donated the masks to the Red Wings netminders. The helmets are primarily camouflage, but both have subtle design differences. The back panel of Howard’s mask features a silhouette of the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima, an iconic image from the second World War, while Mrazek’s mask features the POW/MIA flag. Take a look: Read more

New mask of Devils’ farmhand Wedgewood features Seinfeld character

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NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19: Peter Regin #16 of the New York Islanders scores a third period goal against Scott Wedgewood #50 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on September 19, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Islanders defeated the Devils 5-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Forget family, friends or even a beloved family pet. Albany Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood has the ultimate supporter adorned on his mask.

Wedgewood’s new Dave Gunnarsson design was unveiled by InGoal Magazine on Saturday and it features New Jersey Devils fanatic David Puddy – Patrick Warburton’s lunkhead character on the hit show Seinfeld.

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NWHL goaltender Brianne McLaughlin has an awesome new mask

Jared Clinton
Brianne McLaughlin's new mask (via Twitter)

Believe it or not, the NWHL is already three weeks into its inaugural season. But Buffalo Beauts netminder Brianne McLaughlin is already ready to make an aesthetic change, as she has a new mask on the way.

There aren’t many goaltenders — NHL, AHL, NWHL or otherwise — that rock silver masks, but that’s exactly what McLaughlin will be putting on when she gets her new headwear. On a silver backdrop, the mask has the Beauts’ signature baby blue, black and white striping, with the team word mark in blue down the jaw line. It also features a pin-up model, wearing a Beauts jersey, sitting atop the ‘B’: Read more

Eddie Lack’s hilarious new mask features Roberto Luongo, Swedish Chef

Jared Clinton
Eddie Lack's new mask (via DaveArt/Facebook)

There’s an argument to be made that no goaltender in the NHL has quite as much fun as Eddie Lack.

The 27-year-old Swedish netminder has made a lot of fans with his wacky antics. From his dinner with a cardboard cutout of former teammate Ryan Kesler and his off-season taco tattoo, Lack is usually up to something worth a laugh.

Following an off-season trade to the Hurricanes, Lack was in need of a new mask for the upcoming season. And, after giving fans a taste of what was to come, the completed work has been unveiled. It’s even more glorious than one could have expected. Read more

Lehner and Varlamov get new masks. Which one is better?

Jared Clinton
Robin Lehner's mask (via David Gunnarsson/Instagram)

A new season means new masks for many of the NHL’s goaltenders and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin Lehner and Colorado Avalanche netminder Semyon Varlamov have unveiled their newest helmets.

Lehner, who is getting set for his first season as a Sabre, went a route not often seen when it comes to mask design. Gone are the flashy, shiny graphics in place of a matte finish and design that incorporates Lehner’s musical taste. Read more

Maple Leafs’ Bernier unveils new mask for the 2015-16 season

Jared Clinton
Jonathan Bernier's new mask (via Instagram)

A good number of goaltenders choose to go with bold designs and outlandish characters for their mask designs, but Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier is going a much more classic route with his mask for the 2015-16 season.

Bernier put his newest lid on display for the world to see via his Instagram page Sunday, and the new design is sleek, simple and easy on the eye.

As always, his signature lion is on the crown of the mask, but it’s the way the mask’s other panels have been designed that really makes the helmet’s design shine. Read more