HbD Masks: Centennial Classic Masks
In addition to the annual Winter Classic, this year taking place on January 2nd, the NHL will celebrate its 100th anniversary with an additional outdoor contest. Putting two of its oldest franchises head to head, the puck will drop for the Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto on new year’s day.
The Leafs and Red Wings goaltenders have kept their masks for the game under wraps until the final hour, but here’s our breakdown of what we’ve seen so far. Keep checking back as we break down the rest of the masks as they’re revealed!
Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs
Dave Gunnarsson, Daveart
The Centennial Classic is not just another outdoor game for the NHL, but a celebration of 100 years of history. Acknowledging and paying homage to that milestone is Freddie Andersen’s mask for the game. Painted by airbrush wizard Dave Gunnarsson, Andersen’s blue and white mask is packed with portraits of Leafs past, almost like a miniature hall of fame in bucket form.
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“Frederik had an awesome idea for his Centennial mask,” Gunnarsson shared on Instagram. “He would like to pay tribute to the goalies who made up the top 100 Maple Leafs of all time.”
Using a standard paintbrush with white ink on a blue backdrop, Gunnarsson artfully executed portraits of ten goaltenders; Johnny Bower, Turk Broda, Curtis Joseph, Terry Sawchuk, Mike Palmateer, Harry Lumley, Ed Belfour, Felix Potvin, Lorne Chabot and George Hainsworth. The left side of the mask boasts a large Maple Leaf with chrome detail to tie in with the silver accents on the Leafs’ jerseys.
Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
Dave Gunnarsson, Daveart
Inspired by the silver theme of the event, Dave Gunnarsson went for an all-over metallic theme for Mrazek’s Centennial mask. “When I saw Detroit’s awesome Centennial jersey with silver parts,” the artist shared on Instagram, “I got the idea. How about create the whole mask story in a silverish aluminum look.”
A true nod to the products of the motor city, Mrazek’s mask is shiny and silver all over, featuring shredded, oversized metal wings on each side and the event logo subtly in the center.
“A lot of silver paint in my airbrush guns,” Gunnarsson confessed. Good luck getting rid of all that glitter, Dave!
Jared Coreau, Detroit Red Wings
Ray Bishop, Bishop Designs
Like Gunnarsson’s take for Mrazek’s mask, artist Ray Bishop took a similar approach in crafting Jared Coreau’s bucket for the Centennial Classic. Opting for a primarily silver color palette, Coreau’s mask features the event logo on the backplate with his number 31 in large red letters on each side. The Detroit “D” logo is on the chin, framed by two wings hovering over ghosted Centennial Classic logos on the sides. The years of the Wings’ numerous championships span across the front of the mask, partially hidden by the stark white cage.
Bishop also painted a similar mask for the event for Rozie’s injured teammate, Jimmy Howard, but unfortunately it won’t be seeing the ice at Exhibition Stadium. “It’s a bummer he is injured,” Bishop posted on Instagram. “Speedy recovery Howie!”