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On Tuesday, Michal Neuvirth completed a deal to play for his former team HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga during the NHL lockout. Well, now he has some new goalie gear to work in too.
Wednesday afternoon, Swedish airbrush artist Dave Gunnarsson released photos of a new mask he painted for Neuvirth. The concept, which Gunnarsson described as a “storyteller design,” pays homage to Neuvy’s home country and other goalies he admires.
The left side features a head shot of Czech goalie legend Jiří Holeček. And on the right, Olie Kolzig, one of Neuvirth’s goaltending coaches, has been air-brushed on in his old Capitals gear. I’m guessing that’ll earn him some brownie points — not a bad thing when you’re fighting Braden Holtby for the starting job.
Here’s how Gunnarsson described the new lid:
It is always such a pleasure to paint for the Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth. … The left side of the mask is a tribute to his home country Czech Republic. He also wanted to pay tribute to famous goalies, so here you find the Czech goalie legend Holecek. And just as before the Strekov Castle from his hometown and the Hradcany Prague Castle and more.
The right side is a tribute to his new home country and in particular his new hometown Washington DC. The classic goalie he wanted to pay tribute to here is the Caps legend Kolzig, and of course you also find the old school Caps logo, and much more.
The red and white check pattern on the chin is also a tribute to the Czech flag.
I just love to do a lot of details, stuff you can´t see from distance, but when you come closer and closer you will discover more and more, and the artwork transforms in front of your eyes.