Mackenzie Skapski got his first taste of NHL action in 2014-15, and the goaltender is going to look the part if he gets another turn in the Rangers’ net this upcoming season.
Skapski suited up for two games this past season, winning both for New York, but the 21-year-old netminder might have a hard time getting back into the big leagues with a healthy Henrik Lundqvist and the newly acquired Antti Raanta ahead of him on the depth chart. That doesn’t mean Skapski isn’t going to be prepared though.
Should he get the call, Skapski will get to put this new piece of head gear on display, freshly painted with an homage to the construction of the Empire State Building. There’s also some fine detail that makes it appear Skapski’s gear was put together the same way. Take a look: Read more
Gather round, amateur goalie mask designers. New Jersey Devils netminder Cory Schneider has a task for you.
The Devils announced Tuesday that Schneider, along with renowned goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, are running a contest that will allow fans of all ages to submit potential designs for Schneider’s mask with the winning design being worn by the New Jersey goaltender this upcoming season.
Schneider’s mask design contest will close on Aug. 7, when he will look over the eligible entries and select five finalists to be announced on Aug. 10. The finalists will receive an autographed photo of Schneider, but the real prize is revealed on Aug. 14, when he decides which design he’ll don on his helmet for the 2015-16 campaign. Read more
Frederik Andersen’s Lego mask was a hit this past season and the Anaheim Ducks netminder is paying tribute to the toy from his homeland again in 2015-16.
For 2014-15, Andersen’s mask with the Ducks featured a Lego figure, fit with a goalie mask atop its head, building a brick wall. With a new season approaching, the Danish netminder clearly wanted to keep the same theme, but wanted to switch it up a bit. Enter Lego Duckman – the creation of DaveArt artist David Gunnarsson and a cross between Lego, Batman and the Ducks. Read more
What off-season? OK, so plenty of NHLers are vacationing in exotic places or healing their banged-up bodies at this time of year. But when goalies unveil new masks, it’s clear some guys are already thinking about next season.
Pittsburgh Penguins stopper Marc-Andre Fleury shows off his latest lid here:
One of the biggest stories of the 2013-14 season was the goaltending controversy in Vancouver revolving around Eddie Lack, then a rookie, and Roberto Luongo. Throughout the whole ordeal, however, the two netminders made it evident that while they competed on the ice, they were close friends away from the rink.
Luongo was eventually shipped off to the Florida Panthers before the 2013-14 trade deadline and Lack, after being part of another crowded crease this past season, was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes less than two weeks ago. Even though they’re in different cities, though, Lack is making sure they’ll never be too far apart.
Wednesday evening, Lack, 27, unveiled a piece of his new mask for the upcoming season. While other goaltenders feature family, flags and accomplishments on the back of their masks, Lack’s will feature his old pal, Luongo, smiling ear to ear. That’s not a joke. Seriously, Lack has Luongo’s face on his mask for next season. Take a look: Read more
If it’s been on the silver screen or a postcard and has any roots in Chicago, you will find it on Scott Darling’s new mask.
The Lemont, Ill., native’s new lid has just about everything that screams Windy City on it. Whether it’s stunning monuments and attractions like the iconic Cloud Gate – also known as the ‘Bean’ – and the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier or pieces of film history like the Blues Brothers or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, if it’s Chicago, it’s on there. Take a look: Read more
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
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