One day after Michal Neuvirth spectacularly shut out the Winnipeg Jets, the biggest news of the day is still goaltending.
First, during today’s practice, Alex Ovechkin and Michal Neuvirth switched gear with each other. ‘Cause why not. The Great 8– sporting a goalie glove, blocker, and mask– skated to the crease and took several long-range shots from his teammates.
The other big goalie news of the day is that Swedish airbrush artist David Gunnarsson released photos of his latest project: Tomas Vokoun‘s new presidents-themed mask.
On his website, daveart.com, Gunnarsson — who has also created masks for Braden Holtby and Neuvirth — explains that the new design is a continuation of what he did on Vokoun’s first Caps mask, which Japers’ Rink brought to us earlier in the year during training camp. That mask was better suited for the Caps’ white away jerseys, while this newest creation better compliments home unis.
There’s certainly more to the story, and we’ll let David explain:
I came up with the design idea this summer when I walked around our local lake, I created every detail in my mind. When I told Tomas my design ideas he immediately gave me green light to start.
On the right side I painted many small Presidents in subtle colors, I painted them in a very old style, almost like on a canvas, I even created the White House, and President statues…and on the left side I painted parts of the Memorial Wall, and an American eagle, and much more.
Vokoun is now the second Caps goaltender to debut a new mask this week. South Carolina Stingrays goalie Philipp Grubauer also showed off his new duds yesterday. Below, is a 360 view of it.