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

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  • I’m glad it’s totally unique. I was worried it would only be like 90-95% unique.

  • The red and white striping on the front of the mask is pretty cool. Though I hope it doesn’t disorientate his teammates, because they need all the help they can get.

  • Chris Cerullo

    That looks so sick

  • Bev Miller Bellamy

    No worries about his teammates being disoriented. They usually aren’t around anywhere near ANY goalie to help him, so I can’t imagine that they would notice….haha?

  • Brackaphobia

    Really digging the striping around the face. I love how Gunnarsson’s designs are symmetrical yet not boring to look at.

  • free_spoons

    as long as it’s very unique I’m happy

  • riggorules

    Now get Halak a paint job, the plain white mask is freaking me out, man.

  • He’s a man without a country right now. That’s how the saying goes, right?

  • Simonezero

    I dig it. Love me some stripes.

  • JH


  • Shaun Phillips

    Sad but funny and true.

  • Cheri

    I like it. I like his nickname across the bottom and I especially like the emphasis of the Weagle over “Capitals” text

  • Bev Miller Bellamy

    Well played Ian, well played. 🙂

  • Shaun Phillips

    As far as the mask name goes, maybe Grubi is a hobbit in real life? Or just likes hobbits? Or Peter Jackson fan? I’m going with the first one…

  • Barrett

    A few of my favorites from David Gunnarsson :

    Semyon Varlamov’s : Dawn of the Frosty Zombies 2014
    Pekka Rinne’s : ExoSkeleton Predator 2014

    Jose Theodore’s : Panther Family 2011
    Tukka Rask’s : Boston Heroes 2012
    Braden Holtby’s : Birdcage 2013
    Kari Ramo’s : Beast 2013
    Almost every single Anaheim Duck’s goalie mask.

  • bskillet

    Eeeks, that doesn’t fit the Caps organization at all. Ok that’s all the political views from me.

  • DJ Jones

    So far my favorite mask I’ve seen is David Leggios, with the Hershey theme and Caps logo but with military tribute

  • A_Shoe

    It’s pretty cool, but I like the ones that are a bit outside the box like Mike Smith’s Wile E. Coyote (complete with Roadrunner feathers!) and Peter Budaj’s angry Ned Flanders.

  • johnnymorte

    Hey Orly, you ready to go to the Crimea this summer? C’mon I’ll bring my speedos.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    Agree on the Ducks’. Those things are shmexy. Except (and I assume you mean) Jonas Hiller’s old black matte mask with a small D sticker on the forehead.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    When might we see Halak with something other than straight white everything?

  • Barrett

    Next fall, when he’s playing for a different team that actually has some resemblance of a defense.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    Sad but true

  • Jesse Morgan

    Hiller’s mask is amazing looking. With the beach scene.

  • Rhino40

    I always felt the Caps’ primary sweaters should feature a crest rather than a wordmark.