Scott Darling's new mask (via InGoal Magazine/Headstrong Grafx)
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling is playing for his hometown team and his new mask represents that. From famous movies filmed in the city to an iconic hot dog, Darling’s lid screams Windy City.
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:
an interview with InGoal Magazine, Darling said that the mask will mean something to those who are from Chicago. In teaming up with mask designer Jason Livery, Darling was able to capture some of the most recognizable symbols from the town. Even a hot dog from the famed Portillo’s made its way onto the mask. “You see the Portillo’s hot dog on there, the movie references and that’s just a fraction of the things you could chose to do on there and I think it turned out great the way he portrayed it,”
Darling told InGoal. “Maybe some younger kids won’t know much about the ‘Blues Brothers’ or ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ but that’s nothing a Google search can’t fix.” On the backplate of the mask, Darling paid tribute to the Blackhawks’ late equipment manager Clint Reif. Reif passed away in December of this season and the team has been wearing CR decals on the back of their helmets to pay tribute to him. Darling was nominated for the Masterton Trophy, the award given out to recognize those who best show perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game, by the Chicago chapter of the Pro Hockey Writer’s Association. Before landing with the Blackhawks, Darling bounced around the minor leagues. In his rookie year in the NHL, Darling has posted a 9-3 record with a 1.86 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and one shutout. In the AHL for the Rockford IceHogs, Darling went 14-8-2 with a 2.20 GAA, .927 SP and two blank slates.