Jake Allen (Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images)
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen is trying to capture a retro feel with his new mask design. His new mask does away with the business of modern masks in favor of a straight line, simple design that looks sharp and pays tribute to St. Louis and Allen’s roots.
Jake Allen has taken the starting gig in St. Louis and he’s done so in style with top-10 marks in goals-against average, save percentage, wins and shutouts. He’s also done so with a brand new look, as Allen has gone “vintage” with his new mask. Allen, who had a fan-designed mask for much of the 2014-15 season, unveiled a brand new mask this past weekend which has a much more simplistic feel. More than any mask Allen has worn before, the new lid follows a pattern and is less heavy graphically. The striping pattern going down the mask resembles the striping on the St. Louis jerseys, as well as a Blues logo on the crown of the mask. On the right and left jawlines of the mask, the St. Louis city skyline is silhouetted along a silver background.
(Mask images via St. Louis Blues) "It's sort of old-school,”
Allen told the Blues website. “Not too much to it." An interesting touch added in is the simple nod to the Blues history with the team name and “Est. 1967” written along each side. He also kept a similar design to those he’s had previously with the backplate paying tribute to his home province of New Brunswick, only this time the provincial flag is in grayscale. "A lot of goalies are pretty picky with what goes on their mask,"
Allen said. "I let the designer do his thing and I get the approval in the end. This one doesn’t have a lot of creativity to it. It’s simple and it pops.” The mask was designed by HeadStrongGrafx’s Jason Livery.