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.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Marc-Andre Fleury 2013-14 Mask
Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins (born Nov. 28, 1984 in Sorel, QC.) Fleury's Stadium Series gear.
Painted again by Fleury’s long-time artist Stephane Bergeron of Griff Airbrush, the new CCM mask features a flower wearing an old-school goalie mask on the forehead, with the eyes glowing blue through the mask and the petals flowing out from the middle like hair.
“Just switched it up a little this year,” the always smiling Fleury said while showing off the new mask at the CCM Reebok Goalie Summit this week in Montreal. “It’s just a big flower with an old Jacques Plante-type of mask on top and ‘Pittsburgh’ on the bottom.”
In addition to “Pittsburgh” along the chin, Fleury kept the Steel City tribute with rivets on his new mask, and inserted both his No.29 and his nickname, “Flower,” on opposite sides within the flower petals.
Things get more even personal on the backplate, with his three-month old daughter’s name, Estelle, painted in pink on one side, the initials of his grandparents who passed away at the bottom, and a personalized logo on the right side featuring a Fleur de Lis, a Canadian Maple Leaf, a cartoon frog, and the Stanley Cup.