For almost two months, Adam Oates rode the hot hand in net with Philipp Grubauer. Grubi was impressive in his first extended look with the big-league team, putting up a 6-5-5 record, a .925 save percentage, and a 2.38 GAA in 17 games. In fact, Grubauer dominated so much that George McPhee felt comfortable enough to fill Michal Neuvirth’s trade request, thereby slating Grubi to become the Caps’ back-up goalie for the 2014-15 season.
With more opportunity soon on the horizon, Grubauer has commissioned crazy ol’ Swede David Gunnarsson to paint him a new Capitals themed mask. There’s nothing amazing here, but the design is still pretty baller. It’s like July 4th with Capitals logos.
Gunnarsson explains his design below. What a weird name to title the mask.
“The Desolation of Grubi” is the name of Grubauer´s new Caps mask.
It is rough, it is tough, it is violent… and the colors are burning. Together it creates a totally unique tribute design to the Capital of USA.
Philipp and me wanted to create a NHL mask design in a totally new style… our ideas crystallized and this design was created in front of our eyes.
Today we have the pleasure to present the new mask art of Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer.
It is such a pleasure to be your painter Philipp and paint and create your mask art from mask to mask.
The design is loaded with all the DAVEART trademark effects, and the closer you come the more details you will discover.
Thank you all for your interest, much more to come…
The smiley face is so European.
Here are a few more looks at the mask.
Here is the current mask Grubauer is wearing in Hershey.
Photo: Kyle Mace of Sweetest Hockey On Earth