I was at the Calgary Flames game tonight and was struck by what I saw in the opposition net.
I usually am curious to see what goalie masks are being sported and if I like them or not. To me, a good looking goalie mask should be one that can be appreciated both up close and from a distance. But in Robin Lehner's case, I had to do a little more digging as you will soon realize.
My first thought was that of another goalie who went sans color in their mask design...Tim Thomas. In fact, he was my very first "Rate My Mask" card and a quick peek shows that I gave it a 4 out of 5. But many of you didn't feel so kind to it at the time.
We'll see how you feel about Lehner's.
You can clearly see the Buffalo text running down each side of the mask with the In Flames logo on top. The Sabres logo is on each side of the chin with the number 40 smack dab in the middle.
Now before I go any further, can you guess what music genre In Flames belongs to?
I'll give you a hint......you're right.
It's kind of catchy but it doesn't really do it for me. But then again I've only listened to about a minute of their stuff. First impressions....they can be a killer.
The right side design, again by the ear, is....you guessed it, more album artwork inspiration. This time from the 'Come Clarity' title.
I don't know if that is because the artwork is so small (and actually pretty insignificant) in the overall design of the mask or that is really does look like a rough sketch drawing of it. Regardless, it doesn't work for me.
While I enjoy masks that have an inspiration, theme or direct tribute, I do feel like there needs to be some character to the lid or it's nothing more than plain artwork. And as detailed and impressive as it might be, if it lacks that soul...it really doesn't do anything.
So how did Gunnarsson and Lehner come to the decision to go with a sketch look? It seems that the pair just got talking about how much they liked sketches and then Lehner mentioned that he wanted his mask to be like nothing ever done before. He wanted to be completely unique.
He's got points in that category.
Overall, I like the attempt and the reasoning, but I just can't give it top marks. It's not as detailed as I'd like in some areas and the "wow factor" is just not there when sitting in the stands.
2.5 out of 5
Now it's your turn to RATE MY MASK!!
BTW.....German Heavy Metal is the right answer.