Photos via In Goal Magazine
Goaltender David Leggio spent all of last season with Buffalo’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans. Leggio was dominant, winning 38 games and sporting a .924 save percentage. That performance merited MVP consideration at season’s end.
With Dany Sabourin having left during the offseason in favor of playing in Austria, the Hershey Bears were in desperate need of a veteran goaltender that could share the load and help mentor Capitals prospect Philipp Grubauer. Bears’ general manager Doug Yingst found his man in Leggio and signed the goaltender to a two-way contract for 2013-14.
“Obviously, the Bears are one of the best franchises in the AHL,” Leggio said to The Patriot-News’ Tim Leone during the summer. “They’ve won championships and the arena’s always packed. I’m very excited to come to a place where I feel we’ll have a chance to win a championship. They’ve won championships in the past and have a commitment to winning.”
On Tuesday, the Bears opened training camp and Leggio arrived in style. He just might have the coolest mask in the AHL.
Painted by Jason Livery of HeadStrongGrafx, Leggio’s mask features landmarks from Hershey and Washington on each side. On the left, the Capitol building backdrops a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, with the Marine Corps War Memorial floating above.
On the Hershey side, Livery got more creative, overlaying the Hershey factory smokestacks with a chocolatey version of Mt. Rushmore. Each edible president has a Hershey Kiss wrapper coming up off its delicious noggin.
The Capitals’ Weagle logo brings everything together along the chin. On the back-plate of the mask, Leggio nods to his alma mater, Clarkson University, as well as an odd nickname he got from a bowling league.
Well done, David Leggio. You now have the second coolest mask in the organization. I’d say it was the best, but I’m scared of what that eagle on Braden Holtby’s mask would do to me if I talked smack about it.
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