Devils’ Schneider, Kinkaid unveil throwback masks for retro night

Jared Clinton
Cory Schneider's 'Retro Night' mask (via New Jersey Devils/YouTube)

Before either Cory Schneider or Keith Kinkaid were playing competitive hockey, the New Jersey Devils had moved away from the white, green and red jerseys that they wore when the club first took the ice. That doesn’t mean the Devils netminders can’t find a slick way to pay tribute to those who wore those threads, though.

The Devils are set to host two retro nights over the next five weeks where the club will wear an updated version of their old jerseys, and Schneider and Kinkaid are set to take the ice in matching garb. Their masks are no exception.

Thanks to DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson, both goaltenders will have brand new masks for the occasion. Schneider chose to go with a team retrospective — his mask features some of the mainstays of the late-1980s and early-1990s Devils — while Kinkaid is honoring arguably the greatest goaltender in league history: Read more

Do you smell what LaBarbera’s cooking? Goaltender’s new mask honors ‘The Rock’

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(via DaveArt)

Jason LaBarbera has yet step between the pipes for the Flyers this season, but if he does, he’ll be bringing the most electrifying mask in hockey history to the ice. LaBarbera’s new lid pays tribute to box-office superstar and professional wrestling legend Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

It’s well known that LaBarbera, 36, is a huge wrestling fan. With that in mind, it makes sense that when getting a new mask for a team that plays in the city famous for Rocky Balboa the veteran netminder would mix his love of the squared circle with another famous Rocky.

LaBarbera’s mask, which was designed by DaveArt’s Dave Gunnarsson, doesn’t show off too much of The Rock’s in-ring work, but it does feature the 10-time world champion posing for the camera. The entire left panel is dedicated to The Rock, with the right side featuring the Flyers logo sprawling into the cage: Read more

Great Odin’s raven: San Diego Gulls goaltender puts Ron Burgundy on new mask

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(via David Gunnarsson/Facebook)

Ron Burgundy, the fictitious San Diego broadcaster played by Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, is one of the most memorable — and certainly most quotable — characters from a comedy in the past 15 years.

Burgundy’s quips and one-liners have remained incredibly popular more than a decade after the film’s 2004 release, and it seemed only a matter of time before someone would make the obvious connection between Anchorman and the San Diego Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate. Well, the connection has been made, and now Gulls fans will be seeing Burgundy night in and night out on the mask of goaltender Ryan Faragher.

Mask artist David Gunnarsson posted Faragher’s new mask Friday, and it pays homage to the Anchorman character with a portrait on the left panel of the mask, as well as the rest of his Channel 4 news team: Read more

Ben Scrivens’ new Canadiens mask pays tribute to Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister

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Ben Scrivens' mask pays tribute to Motorhead and Alexisonfire (via EyeCandyAir/Instagram)

Ben Scrivens has shown off his love for music on his masks before, but he decided to double up on his newest mask as a member of a Montreal Canadiens.

Scrivens, 29, put the logo of Canadian band Alexisonfire during his time as an Edmonton Oiler and, again, the logo will adorn Scrivens’ Canadiens mask. But Scrivens didn’t stop at Alexisonfire, in large part because the same day he was traded from the Oilers to the Canadiens was the same day the music world lost a rock icon.

On Dec. 28, the day Scrivens was dealt to Montreal, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, the legendary frontman of rock band Motorhead, passed away at 70, just days after finding out he was battling cancer. Scrivens was a fan of the band, and of Kilmister’s, and decided he wanted the band’s logo and the image of Kilmister on his mask. Read more

Ryan Miller combines Canucks’ retro ‘V’ design, skate logo for great throwback mask

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Ryan Miller (via Bishop Designs/Facebook)

Over the past few seasons a number of teams have worn throwback jerseys, but few NHL franchises have as deep a uniform history as the Vancouver Canucks. In February, the Canucks are bringing back one of their most famed jerseys — the red, yellow and black flying skate — as part of a 20-year celebration for Rogers Arena.

Those jerseys were worn during some of the most successful seasons for the Canucks, including their 1994 run to the Stanley Cup final. The skate logo was worn by Canucks legends such as Trevor Linden, Pavel Bure and Kirk McLean, and it’s a great choice for a throwback night.

But no retro night would be complete without a goaltender going all out with his equipment, and Vancouver’s Ryan Miller is heading into the outing with a brand new mask that perfectly combines not just the skate logo, but another, more infamous, Canucks jersey design: Read more

Anders Nilsson’s retro Oilers mask is all about Grant Fuhr

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Nilsson Fuhr maks featured

Anders Nilsson’s first season as an Edmonton Oiler has been successful, but the 25-year-old netminder wants to look the part. As such, Nilsson went to DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson with an idea for a brand new mask and one that would pay tribute to one of the greatest goaltenders in Oilers history.

Nilsson’s new mask is a tribute to Grant Fuhr, the five-time Stanley Cup champion and Hall of Fame netminder who manned the net in Edmonton from 1981 to 1991. On top of having three sketched drawings of Fuhr on the right and left panels of the mask, Nilsson’s new lid also features Fuhr’s name, retired No. 31 and pulls its design straight from Fuhr’s old masks: Read more

Bruins’ Rask goes all in on Patriots mask for Winter Classic

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The top panel of Tuukka Rask's Winter Classic mask. (via Sylabrush)

Canadiens goaltender and Massachusetts native Mike Condon chose not to go with a mask design that paid homage to New England Patriots — Condon’s hometown NFL team and the team that plays on the very grounds that will host the Winter Classic. But if Condon was hoping to win some cheers from the notoriously tough Boston crowd, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask may have killed that hope.

Rask’s unveiled his lid for the 2016 Winter Classic game, which will be played at noon E.T. Friday, and he isn’t just tipping his cap to quarterback Tom Brady. Instead, Rask is putting four major Patriots players on display. While Brady is one of the four, Rask’s mask also features tight end Rob Gronkowski, receiver Julian Edelman and kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Check it out: Read more

Canadiens’ Mike Condon tips cap to NFL’s Patriots on Winter Classic mask

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Mike Condon's Winter Classic mask (via DaveART/Facebook)

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon is in the interesting position of being a born and raised Massachusetts boy playing for the Bruins most hated rival. But even if he’s making his name playing for what most in Boston would consider the enemy, that doesn’t mean Condon can’t still pay tribute to his roots when he heads outdoors for the Winter Classic in his home state.

When Condon hits the ice for the Canadiens Friday, his mask will at first glance look like it’s keeping with Montreal’s classic theme. The front and sides of the mask are covered with Canadiens logos and even include the globe, which signifies the ‘World Champion’ jerseys Montreal is paying homage to for the Winter Classic. But it’s the back panel of his mask that’s most interesting. Read more