On a day when Ryan Miller dumped his white mask in favor of a beautifully painted music inspired mask, Washington Capitals goaltender Jaroslav Halak has done the same.

Last week, you’ll remember, we asked Halak if he was getting his bucket painted.

“I’m getting my mask soon,” Halak said to me, too embarrassed to hold up his vanilla bucket. “It’s by a painter [from] Montreal.”

Well today, Diel Airbrush released photos of Halak’s new mask and it’s majestic.





A few days ago, Halak also got his new Caps colored glove and pads from Brian. It features claw marks with a touch of red.

Subtle, but I dig it.

You guys, Jaro’s no longer a man without a country. What do you think of his new look?

Photos via Diel Airbrush’s Facebook page.

  • Clare


  • Shaun Phillips

    I like Grubi’s and Holtby’s masks better. Halak’s mask looks like what I would think a Caps mask should look like (I’d expect the designer to be better than I am:P).

    EDIT: I do like the stars in the weagle’s body. Nice subtle touch. Still feels like this is a “throw some paint on a mask and call it good, cause I’ll need a new one in a few months.”

  • Björn Jessen


  • Roofio

    I dig it. Maybe Jaro isn’t a rental after all.

  • Josh Carey

    I think the top and back of the mask is(are?) sick, but the sides are about what I expected. Looks good though.

  • Matt Lauer

    The Slovak shield is always a winning graphic.

  • Myan

    Whoa that’s awesome!! No wonder he didn’t want to give us any spoilers!

  • Tom

    Nice to have his wife (GF?) (Petra) and daughter’s (Inna) initials on the back

  • Alex

    “Still feels like this is a “throw some paint on a mask and call it good, cause I’ll need a new one in a few months.””

    I was thinking the same thing at first, but I suppose we’ll see. I would think that the front office brass would want to hold onto a consistent starting goaltender, but the next month should allow us to make a better guess.

  • H70

    Love the mask. Pads…eh.

  • GregV

    It’s pretty sweet. My favorite part is the Capitol dome on the front.

  • Max

    Seriously. What’s with the four claw marks? We’re not the panthers.

  • Ryan

    So sick! Love the somewhat simple design.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    Really digging Miller’s new done chrome. Halak’s is decent but pretty generic. Miller wins this round.

  • (Eagle, National bird, ‘Murica, etc)

  • I like it. Best Caps mask in a while, I still loathe the “Weagle”. I would prefer that not be the focal point of almost every single mask ever.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    Side note: iPhone autocorrected Halak’s to Halak’d. I’m a mixing bowl of emotions on this one…

  • Miller’s is sweet.

  • GetchaGrubbOn

    At least makes more sense than the claw marks in St Louis. Coked up jazz musicians?

  • Topher Gee

    subtle, refined! It’s hard to keep it simple sometimes. Way more clear than the busy Ryan Miller mask.

  • Patrick Neimeyer

    Love this mask. So DC but Eastern Euro at the same time.

  • Here’s Halak in his new gear during practice today http://instagram.com/p/lxldQjSGm1/

  • Amy Harper

    Loving it! I think its AWESOME!

  • Patrick Neimeyer

    Love the Mask! So DC but with a touch of slovaki euro-ness as well. Props to the RMNB staff in scoring these snap-shots.

  • BrazGoalie

    *no comment*

  • Scott

    I would hold on to Halak if he gets us into the playoffs. Salary Cap is about to go up and he is solid. Trade value for grubi or holts is huge. Trade one, hold on to the other, the one we think is franchise material, and bring in some serious defense and a serious defensive coordinator and we will be dangerous

  • ATPinDC

    I think you’re the first person I’ve ever met who doesn’t like the Weagle. Congratulations on your uniquity! 🙂

  • Owen Johnson

    Holtby needs claw mark pads.

  • In terms of actual painted masks – all time? Yes. For me it was mostly because the mask was painted a glossy white, not matte, and it looked in the lights kind of pearly. Just ho-rrendous if you ask me. Like there as thought put into that one even though it was vanilla. I would have liked something from Dick’s Sporting Goods more.

  • Same here. Reminds me of the Caps’ old black sweaters, which are still my favorite Caps jerseys of all-time.

  • The metallic silver painted bars that cover the face: amazing/underrated. It really goes well with how dark and detailed the rest of the mask looks. #fancy

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  • Bilal

    I like this mask! Its like Slovakia-DC hybrid of greatness (I think thats what they should call it). But does this mean we try to maybe resign Halak? I mean I would not mind it at all, he’s been great. Whats the point of getting a new mask if your not staying with the team? But if we do keep him I think we would end up having to trade Holtby or Grubauer. If the caps get into the playoffs I totally think that we would resign him.

  • Chris Cerullo

    I like more blue on the helmet. Our jerseys are completely red so it looks really fresh.

  • MuzzMuzzington

    You monster!

  • Stevarooni

    How did Huet do his first game when he switched to a Caps lid I wonder?

  • ГрэМститель

    That’s some good-looking gear right there.

  • Stevarooni

    I’m seeing it’s on March 12,2008…

  • Stevarooni

    …and it looks like they won the next 4 games. (They’d lost the previous 2 prior to Huet’s new mask)

  • Huet was amazing that whole spring

  • Steve Sielinski

    The new bucket is niiice! I really thought that he was BS’n you guys about a Capitals mask being on it’s way. Maybe he does want to be here? Let’s all hope GMGM doesn’t screw it up like the great Huet caper of 08.

  • TheShmuel

    Question – when a goalie gets this work done, is it an expense out of the goalie’s pocket? Does the team cover it? Does the artist do it to get their name out there?

    I’m guessing the goalie pays for it, but I was just curious if anybody had any insight.

  • I just find it ugly, I wish we would switch to using the Winter Classic Faux-back jerseys as the aways full-time, and then have a red home version that looks exactly alike (most likely what the 2015 WC jersey will be).

  • It might be tax deductible, if you want to get super funky.

  • Diller M

    I feel like the there should be three scratch marks on the pads, talons baby!

  • Diller M


  • JenCo

    I really love the new gear. Question though. Should he keep with the old gear, and ride the streak for now? Is he as superstitious as most athletes?

  • settinguptheplay

    People like the weagle?

  • Smiley456

    Like the mask much more than Gruby’s way to busy mask. Would like to see the front (on top) eagle have the dome under it’s wings, instead of straight lines.

    Would someone explain the little funny faces (?) on the pads?

  • Owen Johnson

    I was unsure about this mask at first, but then I saw it in game. It looks awesome!

  • Team Slovakia

    I think it turned out really nice and goes well with the Caps uniforms and Halak’s trademark Slovak flag in the back.