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
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
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
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
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
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
Days after unveiling special masks for the holiday season, Detroit Red Wings goaltenders Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek are set to auction them off for charity.
Fans of the Red Wings, or fans who simply want the chance to take home either mask, can start bidding on them now as they’re live on the NHL Auctions website. All proceeds will go to benefit Volunteers of America Michigan’s Adopt-A-Family program, and will go towards purchasing big-ticket items for the families, such as a washer and dryer for one family who lost their appliances due to flooding in August.
Both goaltenders donned the masks for the Red Wings’ Dec. 16 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, and will continue to wear them throughout Detroit’s current homestand. The final appearance for the masks will be on Dec. 23 when the Red Wings host the Sabres. You can see both below. Read more
The comedy series Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian institution and staple of Canada’s cultural landscape, and includes people drinking, swearing and occasionally being violent toward each other. So it’s only natural the show has a connection to, and an affinity for, the game of hockey. And at long last, someone – in this case, artist David Arrigo – has honored the characters by putting their images on a goalie mask.
All three main characters in the highly-raunchy, adult-oriented comedy (Ricky, Julian and Bubbles) are featured prominently on the mask made by the Toronto-based artist, but they’re not the only ones to appear on it. Bubbles’ cats are on it, as is the infamous evil puppet Conky.
Trailer Park Boys mask (image courtesy of David Arrigo)