A new hockey season can only mean one thing...new goalie mask designs.
And with the musical chairs of goalies rotating through the league this past off-season, there's a bumper crop of lids to drool over.
This Ilya Bryzgalov special is one that really caught my eye.
Designed by Stephane Bergeron of La Griffe Originale, this tiger theme has the look and attitude of a 70's velvet painting.
That just reeks of cool.
Now, the tiger represents the emblem of Russia, called the 'Amur', and was Bryz's idea to use as the theme of the mask.
Stephane drew several versions of the tiger for Ilya and this is the one they chose to use.
I love how the 'Bauer' brand name makes a nice cameo - smack dab on the forehead. Way to ruin a perfectly nice design.
On a positive note, I do like the font design on the 'Bryz' letters across the chin. It blends nicely with the rest of the mask.
I would have preferred something a little less symmetrical from one side to the other. There was a great opportunity to really create that flow throughout the entire mask. This design looks like a simple picture flip.
One more close-up look at the design.
Overall, not too bad. Bryzgalov has had some memorable masks in the past, and this one should fit in nicely with the rest of the collection.
3.5 out of 5 (a half point for the velvet painting homage!)
OK, it's your turn to RATE MY MASK!!