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.
Lightning goaltender and fellow Russian Andrei Vasilevskiy will be wearing a piece of engineering brilliance this season. Vasilevskiy’s mask will change its colors and design based on the temperature and its exposure to water.
On Friday, the NHL posted video of a water test on the mask’s back plate.
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.
In a sport of rigid uniform and equipment rules, goalie masks stand out for their creativity and insight into their owner’s personality.
For Caps’ star goaltending prospect Ilya Samsonov, that means a detailed look into his love of gaming. Over the weekend, Metallurg Magnitogorsk released photos of Samsonov’s new bucket.
This season, the 19-year-old Gagarin Cup champion will be wearing a mask dedicated to the video game series God of War.
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.
On Monday, Capitals’ 2015 first-round pick Ilya Samsonov got a surprise start in Team Russia’s World Championship semifinal game against the United States. Samsonov was fantastic in Russia’s 2-1 win over the United States (Russia will now play Finland in the gold medal game), but talk on social media was more focused on his mask.
That’s because the 18-year-old netminder is sporting an Assassin’s Creed themed bucket. Now I know literally nothing about the video game (the most recent system I own is a PlayStation 2), so I’ll let RMNB reader Brian Phillips explain.
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