James Reimer's new mask features a cartoon version of Optimus Prime (via DaveArt/Facebook)
James Reimer will have a new look when he gets back into the Maple Leafs lineup. Reimer’s mask artist, Dave Gunnarsson, released photos of the Toronto netminder’s brand new mask, which features an old-school version of Transformers character Optimus Prime.
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James Reimer has been out since Dec. 3 and it doesn’t appear he’ll be back until January, but when the 27-year-old goaltender gets back between the pipes fans can expect him to have a new look. Reimer’s new mask is a bit of a departure from what he’s currently wearing in that the design is separated on the left and right sides. The mask he had been wearing before his injury featured a giant, white Maple Leafs logo on the crown of the helmet and poking out the sides of the face mask. The new mask, however, splits the design down the middle with the Maple Leafs mark on the left panel and a throw back to an old-school cartoon version of Transformers character Optimus Prime, from whom Reimer draws his nickname.
Reimer has had the ‘Optimus Reim’ nickname since joining the Maple Leafs, and this is just his latest mask to feature a nod to the Transformers character. The mask Reimer had worn before falling injured also featured the character, and his masks have often featured a modified version — made to look like a goaltender’s mask — of the Autobots logo from the films and cartoons. The left panel’s Maple Leafs logo has a nice retro feel, which works nicely with the retro cartoon version of Optimus Prime. The stitching around the outside of the crest gives the mask an interesting feel — almost like it’s a stitched leather mask. Before falling injured, Reimer was Toronto’s starting netminder and had posted a 7-4-4 record, 2.01 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. His stellar play pushed Toronto off-season signing
Jonathan Bernier out of the starting gig, but Bernier has since taken over between the pipes with Reimer out. Reimer, 27, is in the final season of a two-year, $4.6-million deal with the Maple Leafs and will become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.