I wasn't planning on doing three in a row, but I got a request. And I can't turn down a request now can I?
Also....these are fun to put together.
This is Price's current mask. It's got the cowboy motif front and center. He's had a wide range of lids over his short career. Regular masks (that to me are a bit ho-hum....no real 'wow' factor), tribute masks that have looked really nice and the Heritage Classic mask he wore in February was pretty cool.
The Jacques Plante tribute was nice to see (and the eyes on top were ominous....me like).
Back to his current mask. Designed by David Arrigo, this mask carries forward two common themes with Carey Price masks - the CH logo (which is on the top of the helmet) and a blue cross (which is on the backplate).
A rodeo-themed mask, it has a couple of steer ropers on the sides. I heard that Price tried his hand at professional team steer roping in the off-season and continues to have a strong passion for the hobby.
The chin spells out his last name with the 'I' substituted with the instantly recognizable bull skull head thing (you know what I mean).
The background is white in color (which helps the design pop a little more) and some lightning bolts add some texture of the top and sides.
It's a pretty sharp mask all-in-all, but as I mentioned, it doesn't have that 'wow' factor. The theme of the mask doesn't make a mask design successful, it's the execution of the theme.
This one was done well, but then again, so are most of the masks in the NHL.
2.5 out of 5
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