It’s almost New Year’s and that means it’s time for renewal and betterment. Braden Holtby hasn’t sprung for a new gym membership, but he does have a new mask. Friday night, Swedish airbrush artist Dave Gunnarsson revealed DC Dedication Evo Volume 2, an updated version of Braden’s current helmet.
The Hershey Bears have won 16 of their first 28 games. Now they will dominate even more in style.
Over the last week, both of Hershey’s goaltenders, Vitek Vanecek — the AHL’s reigning player of the week — and Joe Cannata, have debuted new masks designed by Swedish airbrusher and non-sensical English worder, David Gunnarsson.
Let’s take a look at the new buckets, which are designed in a similar style.
During the World Cup of Hockey, Braden Holtby rocked a tribute mask painted to honor Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie. Earlier in the year, the Canadian icon was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a terminal brain tumor. During the tournament, Holtby decided to auction off the mask to raise money for two of Downie’s most treasured charities.
On Tuesday, the NHLPA announced that Holtby’s mask, which he commissioned himself, raised $21,650 (or $28,380.88 if you convert the US money into Canadian dollars).
The money will benefit the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research and the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation.
“Like so many others, I have been truly inspired by the courage Gord Downie has shown, and I was very appreciative that he embraced the design of my Team Canada goalie mask,” Holtby said in the release. “I am very proud to have been a part of supporting these two important funds in Mr. Downie’s honor, and I appreciate everyone’s help in making this auction a success.”
Tragically Hip frontman and Canadian musician Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer and Team Canada goalie Braden Holtby has come up with a sweet tribute.
Working with Swedish airbrush artist Dave Gunnarsson, Holtby debuted a second Team Canada mask, this time with the iconic band and several images of Downie painted on the side.
Thursday night against the Islanders, the Washington Capitals will be hosting Military Night at Verizon Center. The Caps will pay tribute to the military by wearing camouflage jerseys during warm-ups, which will be signed and auctioned off after the game. Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer will also be wearing specially designed masks. They both have a green, black, and white color scheme and have the Courage Caps logos on the side.
Swedish airbrush artist David Gunnarsson just released imagery of Braden Holtby‘s new lid for the 2015-16 season and it’s indeed the white, starry mask we pointed out a few weeks ago.
The white bucket features the Caps original logo on both sides of the cage and the number 70 on the chin. If you look closely, you’ll also notice weagle logos overtop the red paint near the opening of the mask. I dig it.
Photo: Caps Instagram
Braden Holtby has been busy this year, playing in 53 of the Capitals’ 62 games. Maybe that’s why he just unveiled his fourth new mask of the 2014-15 season. Painted by Swedish artist Dave Gunnarsson, the mask integrates some design features from Holtby’s Winter Classic bucket. The hand-painted Uncle Sam portrait, an homage to Olie Kolzig, returns on the chin.
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