The position of goalie has an inherent romanticism: masked men clad with cool armor, serving as the last line of defense. They play entire games, with an unparalleled ability to impact outcomes. When they're on, they can single-handedly defeat a giant foe. They are the consummate underdogs and towering superheroes all at once.
The NHL Lockout isn’t over yet – except maybe on Brian Elliot’s new St. Louis Blues’ mask.
While the NHL and NHLPA were preparing to meet and review the League’s latest proposal made Friday, the finishing touches were being put on Elliott’s new lid for a season no one is yet sure will happen.
The mask, painted for Elliott once again byHeadStrong Grafx, includes his now traditional Casey Jones themes from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame.
This time, however, the goalie-mask wearing, hockey-stick toting, cartoon character is breaking free of chains – and the padlock over his right shoulder – on the right side of Elliott’s mask, a nod to the lockout that has cost half a season so far.
On the other side, Elliott pays tribute to St. Louis and the Blues, with the Gateway Arch stretching overtop of the team’s musical note logo. The latter also features a haunting image of Casey Jones’ face within the logo itself.
Elliott included camouflage in the new design as a nod to the Scott Air Force Base just outside St. Louis, which also happens to be where the wife of his painter, Jason Livery of HeadStrong Grafx, is stationed.