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Do you smell what LaBarbera’s cooking? Goaltender’s new mask honors ‘The Rock’

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Do you smell what LaBarbera’s cooking? Goaltender’s new mask honors ‘The Rock’

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Veteran goaltender Jason LaBarbera has never been afraid to show off his love of wrestling, and the 36-year-old’s new mask pays tribute to one of the greatest performers in the history of the squared circle. Check out LaBarbera’s ‘The Rock’-themed mask.

Jason LaBarbera has yet step between the pipes for the Flyers this season, but if he does, he’ll be bringing the most electrifying mask in hockey history to the ice. LaBarbera’s new lid pays tribute to box-office superstar and professional wrestling legend Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. It’s well known that LaBarbera, 36, is a huge wrestling fan. With that in mind, it makes sense that when getting a new mask for a team that plays in the city famous for Rocky Balboa the veteran netminder would mix his love of the squared circle with another famous Rocky. LaBarbera’s mask, which was
designed by DaveArt’s Dave Gunnarsson, doesn’t show off too much of The Rock’s in-ring work, but it does feature the 10-time world champion posing for the camera. The entire left panel is dedicated to The Rock, with the right side featuring the Flyers logo sprawling into the cage:

LaBarbera The Rock mask full With a mask like this, LaBarbera has to be hoping he'll be laying the smackdown on some jabronis and make opponents’ shooting percentages hit rock bottom. Maybe he’ll even make millions — and millions — of saves while wearing what we can only assume he’s calling ‘The People’s Mask.’ It shouldn’t be too surprising LaBarbera went with a wrestling-themed helmet considering his past designs. In 2010, LaBarbera, then a Coyote,
celebrated WrestleMania in Phoenix with a mask that featured Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Ultimate Warrior and Vince McMahon. He followed that up in 2013 with a
CM Punk-themed mask with the Oilers, and again went to the wrestling well for design inspiration in 2014 with Anaheim. His mask that season featured a
‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin version of Ducks mascot Wild Wing. LaBarbera has played 17 games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season, posting a .901 save percentage and 2.94 goals-against average. He’s been up with the Flyers this season, but only suited up in a backup role in five outings this season.

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Do you smell what LaBarbera’s cooking? Goaltender’s new mask honors ‘The Rock’