Frederik Andersen's new mask
Frederik Andersen’s Maple Leafs masks have been focused on the team since his signing, but his newest helmet pays tribute to his homeland and one of its most famous exports.
Frederik Andersen has looked like nothing but a super hero in the Maple Leafs’ net over his past two starts, and the Toronto goaltender’s mask will be keeping with that theme when he pulls his new helmet his next time out.
Andersen, who has stopped 86 of the past 89 shots he has faced for the Maple Leafs, had his brand new lid unveiled by mask designer David Gunnarsson on Friday night, and the 27-year-old netminder is going back to the well with an ode to Lego Batman and his new locale. Take a look:
Andersen’s masks have long paid tribute to Lego in some sort of way, be it with the blocks building a brick wall or by using some of the mini-figures as part of the design, but he’s latched on to Lego Batman as of late. However, it’s the first time he’s had Batman so big and bold as the centerpiece of the mask.
Lest one think Andersen is merely a fan of the building blocks, rest assured that there’s more of a connection. Andersen is a native of Denmark, from which Lego originates. So not only is his mask an ode to the building blocks, but a nod to his homeland, which can also be seen on the chin of the mask. This is the first time Andersen has gone full on with the Lego theme in Toronto, though. Previously, with both his World Cup of Hockey mask and lid for the start of the campaign, Andersen had gone with a design focused more on the Maple Leafs than anything.
But that’s not to say there isn’t still a nod to the ‘Big Smoke’ on the new helmet. On the right and left panels, the Toronto skyline, including the iconic CN Tower, can be seen, and both panels also feature a Maple Leafs logo with ‘100’ written inside to celebrate the team’s centennial season.
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