VANCOUVER -- Eddie Lack pays tribute to the 1915 Stanley Cup-winning Vancouver Millionaires with his new goaltending equipment for the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic to be played Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS). But the Vancouver Canucks backup goaltender saved his new mask to honor other Swedish players who have played for the franchise.
Painted by David Gunnarsson of DaveArt Designs, Lack's new mask features pictures of former captain Markus Naslund and longtime defenseman Mattias Ohlund on one side, with Thomas Gradin, who works for the Canucks as a scout, and goalie Johan Hedberg on the other. Instead of a portrait, Hedberg is represented by his old mask, which also was painted by Gunnarsson.
Lack has some explaining to do, however, after he put current captain Henrik Sedin and twin brother Daniel on the back of the mask, which also features Lack's dad and the Swedish Chef from the Muppets.
"I explained to Henrik they are still active players and once they retire, they are in the front," Lack said with a smile.