Braden Holtby New Mask

A few weeks ago, word leaked out on Twitter that Braden Holtby was sporting a new goalie mask during practice up in Hershey. We sent photographer Kyle Mace — of our sister blog Sweetest Hockey on Earth — to the Bears’ next home game and had him capture every angle imaginable of Braden’s new roller-coaster themed mask.

Well now, David Gunnarsson — the Swedish artist who custom-painted Holtby’s new headgear — explains the backstory to the project.

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All photos by Kyle Mace. Click to enlarge.

We heard from reader Matthew W. that Braden Holtby got a new mask this week. Until today, all we had were blurry, long-distance cell phone pictures, but now we’ve got pics from Kyle Mace (of our sister blog Sweetest Hockey On Earth) taken during warm-ups of the Bears/Senators game.

The front of the mask features a bear on a roller coaster (either a reference to Hersheypark or his turbulent offseason) and the Capitals Weagle logo. The back features the flags of Saskatchewan and Alberta (Holtby’s home); the Japanese symbol meaning “Constant Improvement,” the words “Carpe Diem”, and the Hershey Bears logo.

Below the jump, check out Kyle’s hi-res images of Braden’s sweet new headgear. And thanks to Holtby for unknowingly being such a great model.

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Semyon Varlamov’s New Mask as Described by the Artist

The new Semyon Varlamov mask painted by David Gunnarsson.

The new Semyon Varlamov mask painted and airbrushed by David Gunnarsson.

Today, pro airbrush artist and custom mask painter David Gunnarsson released photos of the new mask he painted for Semyon Varlamov. He also shared some of the inspiration and backstory behind the mask’s creation.

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Braden Holtby Debuts His New Goalie Mask on Caps365

Today, Hershey Goaltender Braden Holtby showed off his new Capitals Mask to Mike Vogel of Caps365. Among the notable things that were discussed:

  • Holtby had an artist in Sweden paint the mask.
  • The process took a week to complete and was done all through email.
  • The back of the mask features flags of Saskatchewan and Alberta, the text Carpe Diem and a Japanese symbol which means “constant improvement.”
  • Braden is having the artist design another mask that he’ll wear Opening Night in Hershey. And he sounds worried it’ll arrive on time.
  • No word if any Russians were injured in the making of this mask.

Below the fold, check out all sides of the helmet in all its screen-captured glory.

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