Antti Niemi's Stadium Series mask. (David Gunnarsson/DaveArt)
Antti Niemi will don a very special mask for the Stadium Series, tipping his hat to his goaltending coach with the addition of some Sharks flare. The old school design will make you think of Jacques Plante.
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.
Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt created the mask, as he does for many of the best goaltenders in the world. “(Antti) wanted me to make the mask into an old school mask, with a very special paint job on it,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Instagram page. “It is the same paint job as Antti’s goalie coach had when he was a goalie. Now we just twisted it into a Sharks design.” There are a few great details on Niemi’s new lid, including the ears poking out from the sides, the rusted screws, and the droplets of water falling from the bottom of the mask. The Stadium Series game will take place on Feb. 21 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.