I've been on a bit of a Hannu Toivonen kick of late. His masks just suck me in each and every time.
From his Most recent Chicago "Esposito' tribute lid to the popular St. Louis 'Staniowski' mask, Hannu knows how to turn heads with his goalie mask designs.
None more so than his 2006 creation.
This mask is yet another tribute mask. But can you guess who the original design belonged to?
Anything? Well, for those who enjoy hockey movies, it would be a quick guess.
That's right....Denis Lemieux himself. The goaltender from the famed Charlestown Chiefs in the Slap Shot movie.
The classic fibreglass style mask is reborn on Hannu's lid. This was at a time where tribute masks were more prevalent.
Hannu took the concept and decided to add his own little twist by deciding to pay homage to a fictional goaltender. Awesome.
The simple skull and crossbones look is bold and menacing and the Toivonen tribute sticks to it precisely. The only thing I found odd was that the hair painted on had a bit of a blonde look to it. While Denis Lemieus was probably more grey than anything.
Lastly, what's a Denis Lemieux post without one of the most classic scenes of the movie. Enjoy.
The video alone could bump up my rating, but I'll stick with just the mask.
I give it a 3 out of 5.
Now it's your turn to Rate My Mask!