Viktor Fasth’s new mask will haunt your dreams

Jared Clinton
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

Detroit’s Petr Mrazek has new pads, and they are glorious

Jared Clinton
Petr Mrazek (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

There’s no position player in sport that gets to show as much style as hockey goaltenders, and Detroit Red Wings netminder Petr Mrazek is taking things to the next level with his new gear.

Mrazek took a page out of Chris Mason’s old Winnipeg Jets playbook, going with the Red Wings legendary logo split across his gear. A lot of goaltenders choose to go with team colors, but Mrazek’s design is unique and something that’s a welcome change from the whitewashed pads many goaltenders wear.

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With an injury to Red Wings starter Jimmy Howard that has seen him on the sidelines since Jan. 10, Mrazek, 22, was called upon to take over starting duties. Since that time, he has started the Red Wings last 13 games, posting a 9-3-0 record, including a 28-save shutout of the Colorado Avalance on Feb. 5.

Both Howard and Jonas Gustavsson are healthy now, though, so Mrazek could find himself headed to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins. What a shame it would be if these pads don’t get their NHL debut this season. Mrazek has shown he’s able to play at a high level in the NHL, though, so maybe he and his new duds stick around while Gustavsson finds himself back in Grand Rapids.

Mrazek’s not the only netminder to get a new piece of gear, though. From David Gunnarsson at DaveArt comes the first look at Pekka Rinne’s new mask.

Pekka Rinne Mask Feb 2015

The unique feature of this new mask is that the eye of the Predators’ logo glows neon green in the dark, something that will be interesting to see come anthem time in Nashville. Otherwise, the design is similar to what Rinne currently wears, and Gunnarsson calls it the “prequel” to Rinne’s current Gladiator mask.

This mask, Gunnarsson writes, is the mask that General Maximus used before he became the gladiator in the 2000 film starring Russell Crowe. As always, masks are better when they have some sort of story. It’s interesting to see Rinne sticking with one theme.

Antti Niemi goes with throwback mask for Stadium Series

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Antti Niemi's Stadium Series mask. (David Gunnarsson/DaveArt)

Though the outdoor games may be getting tired at this point, the goalie masks that are worn for the outings bring a little bit of flavor to each contest.

We can thank Antti Niemi for bringing a cool piece of headwear to the 2014-15 Stadium Series game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. Niemi, who is likely to be the starting netminder for the Sharks in the game, is going old school with an homage to the goaltenders of years passed. Read more

Dustin Tokarski’s amazing new mask features the Tick

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Montreal Canadiens netminder Dustin Tokarski's new mask features superhero the Tick. (via DaveArt/Facebook)

With the rate at which superhero movies are being produced by Hollywood, it’s not surprising when you see the likes of a Spiderman, Hulk, Batman or Superman motif on a goaltender’s mask. But Montreal Canadiens netminder Dustin Tokarski went off the board with the crusader for his newest lid.

For those who may not remember the Tick, he has made his appearance in the mainstream in several ways. There have been comic books, television shows and now, thanks to Tokarski, a Tick goalie mask. Read more

Ducks’ Andersen pays tribute to Teemu Selanne with new mask

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This Sunday’s game in Anaheim is being called “Teemu Tribute Night,” as the Ducks will retire Teemu Selanne’s jersey before they faceoff against the Winnipeg Jets. Frederik Andersen has a special surprise for the game and he revealed it yesterday.

For Sunday’s game, the Ducks goaltender will don a mask in honor of his former teammate, Selanne. The mask will add to Andersen’s already impressive repertoire of masks that has included everything from Lego characters to a play on the cult classic film Reservoir Dogs. You can check out the aptly named ‘Finnish Flash’ design below. Read more

Blackhawks’ Crawford, Raanta show off Winter Classic masks

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For lovers of goalie masks, Christmas came a little bit later. On Tuesday, Chicago Blackhawks goaltenders Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta gave fans a first look at their masks for the upcoming Winter Classic.

Both masks pay a bit of an homage to the Blackhawks history, while also incorporating parts of Chicago or thematic nods to the Winter Classic itself. Read more

Braden Holtby pays tribute to Olaf Kolzig with Winter Classic mask

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Holtby Mask featured

No goaltender is more synonymous with the Washington Capitals than Olaf Kolzig, and for the Winter Classic, present day Capitals netminder Braden Holtby will pay tribute to ‘Olie the Goalie’ with a special mask.

Holtby’s mask for the outdoor game may not bear any marks that specifically mention Kolzig, but the design is actually very similar to that one which Kolzig wore during the ‘90s. Read more

Bryzgalov gets dangerous with awesome Darkwing Duck mask

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Bryz Darkwing Mask

If there weren’t enough reasons to like Ilya Bryzgalov, the Anaheim Ducks netminder added another. Dave Gunnarson of DaveArt shared Bryzgalov’s new lid today, and it’s chock full of ‘90s cartoon nostalgia.

The mask features classic cartoon superhero Darkwing Duck riding his RatCatcher motorcycle, and while one side captures the hero side of the childhood favorite, the other shows the much funnier, much clumsier side of the Masked Mallard. Read more