Corey Crawford's Stadium Series mask (via Stephane Bergeron/Facebook)
For the third time in six seasons, Corey Crawford needed a mask for an outdoor game. But instead of going with intricate detail, the Blackhawks goaltender went big, bold and simple, and it turned out great.
Goaltenders are no strangers to changing up their mask design. With the start of almost every season usually comes several design changes for netminders around the league, and Chicago netminder
Corey Crawford has switched up his mask a few times over his past six seasons with the Blackhawks. But beyond his normal designs, Crawford has also had masks designed for several special occasions, and this season will mark the third time Crawford has had a new mask made for an outdoor game. You would figure at some point the 31-year-old would run out of ideas, but he keeps churning out new designs for the specialty games, though this season’s mask may be his simplest to date. For the Stadium Series game against the Minnesota Wild, which takes place at Minneapolis’ TCF Bank Stadium on Feb. 21, Crawford will be rocking a simple but sleek mask with a symmetrical design. The mask matches the simple but classic striping pattern of the Blackhawks’ Stadium Series jerseys. Take a look:
Crawford’s mask was designed by La Griffe Originale's Stephane Bergeron, who has worked with Crawford in the past. Crawford said he had some say in what the mask looked like, and Bergeron said that’s because Crawford nixed plans on the original design. "For this one, Corey asked to have a very simple design, a very, very basic design,"
Bergeron told NHL.com’s Brian Hedger. "When I sent him my first mock up, he didn't like it. But a few days later he sent me his own rough drawing." While it doesn’t have the fine detail that has become synonymous with many modern mask designs, Crawford said there’s a reason for it. As hard as it is to see intricate detail on a mask while attending an NHL game, it’s even harder at the Stadium Series or Winter Classic events when fans are much further away. That’s why Crawford wanted a bold design.
Bergeron told Hedger that fans who want unique detail will still get some of that, too, though. The snowflakes spread across the mask are actually thin, mirror-like aluminum that should reflect and shine with color up close.