Saturday, February 19, 2011

Alex Auld's New 2011 Mask

I haven't read whether this is specifically Alex Auld's Heritage Classic mask, or if this is just his new mask in general. Here's the article about it over at InGoal Magazine.

And here's the entry for the mask he previously used this season.

Montreal’s Alex Auld has a fantastic new helmet created by Dave Gunnarsson of who has titled the design "1+29+33 Gardiens Legendaire des Canadiens." It features tributes to Montreal greats Jacques Plante, Patrick Roy and Ken Dryden – whose iconic mask design takes up the left side of Auld’s new helmet.

Gunnarsson describes the work:

"The side painted as Dryden’s classic mask features red and blue lines running around the mask forming something like a shooting target on the white base. Inside the red and blue lines I have created a design in the design, with paintings of Dryden and his number. The paintings are created in Old School Oil Paint Tech like classic drawings made with classic brush. I was inspired by the big classic artists. Alex wanted the motifs created with this technique, and it goes perfect with the theme.

In the white base you also see a motif of Dryden where he stands in his classic pose leaning on the stick. And on the forehead of the mask you see a motif of the old classic Montreal Forum. The Canadiens logo is painted as a pattern in the white bringing a 3-D feeling to the whole. All these details you see when you look close, from far this side of the mask is a tribute to Dryden’s classic mask.

On the other side the red and blue lines are opened up with flying 3-D effects. Here the Canadiens logo is painted big and powerful with a great depth. Again I have created a design inside the design with a classic motif of Roy making a save. The motif is painted with brush in old classic style, in a cool subtle way. You can also see his number.

Over the logo I have also created a big layout with Plante and his number, the famous picture of when he’s putting his mask on and his jersey is bloodied, and with plasters on the nose. Of course also this motif is created with Old School Oil Paint Tech, in blue tints and with playing lines."


  1. Just an absolutely fantastic design!

  2. Can't remember when last I was so impressed by a mask design! Truly awesome!

  3. What NHL goalie has chinese characters on the back plate of his helmet and what do the characters mean?

  4. I'm not positive...I know that Braden Holtby of the Capitals/Hershey Bears has a Japanese symbol which means 'constant improvement.'

    Not sure if that's the one you mean.