A goalie's mask is not just a vital piece of protective equipment. It's not just a piece of art, either.
A goalie's mask is a powerful weapon that can spread special messages. Through illustrations, it can tell legendary tales, honor historic people and promote important causes.
Anaheim's Jonas Hiller has created just such a masterpiece with his special-edition "Movember" mask, which he's expected to debut after Halloween to help kick off the second year of Movember, a month-long campaign to promote awareness of cancers that affect men through the growing of mustaches, which has been widely supported by NHL players.
Hiller's mask, although it has yet to make its debut, has already gone viral after debuting exclusively on the Goalie Guild website last week.
The one-of-a-kind mask, which was custom painted by Alec Voggel of goalie-mask design company Airxess, remains unique on a landscape known for out-of-the-box designs. It is the first one to not only promote the "Movember" movement, but it is the first one to feature all of a goalie's teammates as well. Each player is depicted by a mug shot and each has a different style mustache airbrushed onto the mug shot.