HbD Masks: 2017-18 Eastern Conference Preview
With the new season less than two months away and a number of goaltenders on the move to different teams, masks for the 2017-18 season are starting to be unveiled.
We’ll be rounding up the newest NHL buckets and breaking down their designs, so keep checking back as new masks roll out before opening night.
Andrei Vasilevskiy • Tampa Bay Lightning
Sylvie Marsolais, Sylabrush
Once again finding ways to stay cool in the south Florida heat, Sylabrush‘s Sylvie Marsolais crafted another color changing mask for Tampa netminder, Andrei Vasilevskiy.
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“This season we did a matte and glossy finish on his mask,” Sylvie described. The mixed medium design combines a matte background with chrome silver and blue accents like the number on the chin and lightning bolts on each side. The negative space around the bolts and palm trees is filled in with blue and white Russian imagery, adding another level of dimension to the composition.
Finished off with Vasy’s signature lion on the top, the wow factor comes when the mask changes from white to blue, revealing the club’s 25th anniversary logo and other details, when exposed to cold temperatures. “This special SubZero paint will darken at cold temperature,” the artist shared on Instagram, “so when Vasy will hit the ice the logos will appear!”
Peter Budaj • Tampa Bay Lightning
Dave Gunnarsson, Daveart
Continuing with his string of Simpsons-themed masks, Peter Budaj and artist Dave Gunnarsson put together a sharp and somewhat understated (well, by Gunnarsson’s standards) design for the new season.
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Showcasing the team’s 25th anniversary mark, Gunnarsson framed the logo with large silver lightning bolts on each side, creating a barrier between the rich cobalt blue underneath. The Bolts’ primary logo sits on the side with glowing lightning rods (a little Ben Bishop-esque, eh?) all around.
Hidden amidst the glowing line work is a small drawing of Ned Flanders who we’ve seen pop up on Budaj’s masks time and time again. This look is much simpler than we’re used to seeing from this duo, but the paired down composition really works and allows Gunnarsson’s artistry to shine.
Roberto Luongo • Florida Panthers
Stephane Bergeron, Griffe Originale
Following in the footsteps of one of the most polarizing masks of last season, Luongo took a stark and minimalist approach to his bucket for the new season. Unveiled on Thursday via a photo shoot with CCM Goalie, the artist is assumed to be Lu’s regular painter, Stephane Bergeron, who also often works with Corey Crawford and Marc-Andre Fleury, the other two netminders to reveal their new masks through CCM last week.
— CCM Goalie (@CCMGoalie) August 3, 2017
The crisp white bucket, like Jake Allen’s Blues mask from 2017, features subtle renderings of the Panthers’ logos on each side, set off by a sh!t ton of gold foil throughout the design. The team’s primary logo is the showcase piece on the top of the mask, paired down into a single color variation and highlighted in a blue border. The blue lacquer cage and blue border on Bobby’s #1 on the chin tie the whole design together in a really cool and well-balanced way. What could have gotten gaudy real fast was kept tasteful and clean, so bravo on a successful and standout design.