Doesn’t this mask bring back memories? For some reason it makes me think of the old school Leafs and Felix Potvin. Maybe because it’s a bit similar in style.
It’s just plain enough to make every stand and pop out. Scrivens actually wanted to go old school in this 2012 mask and Gunnarsson gave him just that. The way the main Leaf morphs into larger ones around the top of the head give it the old school look. I actually am quite fond of this little to no artwork on it. It makes the viewer focus right in on the main point; the Maple Leaf. Sadly, we will never see this mask again.
One of my editors at Eyes On Isles challenged me to compile a list of my 10 favourites from this past season. Of course I was happy to take on the task! Click on the link below to take a look at the first part of my top 10.
This week we take a look at Winnipeg Jets netminder Ondrej Pavelec and his 2013 lid. Whether or not this actually is indeed a tribute to the Royal Canadian Air Force; I have no idea, but I’m going to look at it that way.
In keeping with a slight WW2 theme that we had last week with Antti Niemi’s mask, this one shows the old WW2 fighter jet that was so commonly seen. The fighter jets were painted on their fronts to instill terror among the opposing soldiers/civillians.
Painted one again by David Gunnarsson of Sweden, you can see how he took his time to make sure all the details were just right including a giant maple leaf on top of the head. Either way, the veterans of the RCAF can look at this mask and salue it with pride.
I hope Pavelec continues wearing this mask for next season, it sure is a beauty.
What a true work of art this mask is.
The San Jose Sharks netminder has detailed the great Finnish Winter War of World War 2. The Winter War was a battle between the Finnish forces and Stalin’s Red Army. The Finns were outnumbered by three times the amount of their own forces.
As a tribute to his native land for their valiant and noble effort, Antti Niemi called upon the services of Swedish mask designer Dave Gunarsson who has also handcrafted masks for Ben Bishop and Henrik Lundqvist.
Finnish Chief Commander Gustaf Mannerheim can be seen on one side while the map of Finland can be viewed on the top. Soldiers fighting through the cold and snow along with the Winter War Campaign Medal wrap up the remaining side.
I hope the Finnish people beam with remarkable price at the sight of this mask. A true historical work of art, it keeps the memory alive of those who sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom.