Frederik Andersen's World Cup mask (via DaveArt/Facebook)
Frederik Andersen will represent Denmark and Team Europe at the World Cup, but he’s also giving a nod to his new home in Toronto, where the tournament will be played. Showing some love to the Maple Leafs could help Andersen earn some fan love.
Frederik Andersen spent three successful seasons in Anaheim, but the former Ducks netminder is ready to start anew in Toronto and he’s already showing some love for his new club with a Maple Leafs-themed mask for the World Cup.
DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson, who designed and painted the Team Europe World Cup mask for Andersen, put the helmet on display and made note of some of its more interesting features. At first glance, it looks like a simple blue and white mask with the Maple Leafs-esque leaf on the crown, but there’s more to it than that. Take a closer look:
On the right panel, the mask pays homage to Lego, as is tradition for Andersen. The Danish netminder has had Lego in some way, shape or form on almost all of his masks over the past three seasons, which is a nod to the building blocks that originate from Denmark. The Lego Batman is rocking the Danish flag on his chest. Opposite the Lego character is a more simple design, simply featuring one of the lions from the Danish coat of arms. The logo looks similar to the one worn by the Danish national team, and it’s Andersen’s way to give a nod to his homeland while suiting up for the thrown-together European squad. But more than anything, what stands out is the nod to Toronto. It’s a smart move by Andersen to put a little Maple Leafs flair on his mask, too, given he’ll be playing games at the Air Canada Centre in front of what will soon be a building full of fans there to see he and the Maple Leafs start their 2016-17 campaign. It could help him get some fan support during the tournament. The Maple Leafs logo on the crown isn’t the only Maple Leafs logo, though. Throughout the left and right panels, the old, sharper Maple Leafs logo is faded into the background, and on the chin of the mask is the club’s current logo with Andersen’s No. 31 above. Andersen will get his chance to don the mask between the pipes, but he’ll have to beat out Thomas Greiss and Jaroslav Halak if he wants to hang on to the starting job at the tournament.
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