What I love about goalies finding work in a new NHL city is that they immediately need to take care of the important things. Most notably....a new paint job for the goalie mask.
What I've found odd is that while there are numerous resources for finding good quality mask pics, there aren't too many snapshots of these new (and impressive) lids.
But perseverance pays off in the end and I tracked down some photos of one of my faves this year.
I think he'll fair well playing for the Jets. I hope he can get about 10-20 starts in this shortened season, prove his worth as a solid "1a" to Pavelec and maybe do some damage next year when they play a full 82 games.
But on to his new look Jets mask.
Known as the "Big Cubano", Montoya went with an Islander/sea motif with his previous club. Staying with the "team theme" again this season, Al had a pretty aggressive looking cartoon jet take the main focus of his mask.
Painted by Bishop Designs, this mask really finds a nice balance of intricate detail and bold cartoon simplicity.
Reminiscent of Brian Hayward's iconic San Jose Sharks mask of the 90's, Montoya's jet comes screaming out with smoking exhaust pipes coming out the side, a Jets logo on the forehead and a pair of very menacing eyes.
Also, when the mask is being worn....the full effect of the mouth around the cage is seen. Take a second look at the custom card I made for it. It looks like Montoya's head is coming right out of the mask. Very cool.
Hopefully Al gets to keep this mask for a little while. He needs to find a home.
4 out of 5
Now it's your turn to RATE MY MASK!