Goalie mask designs are one of hockey's most captivating art forms.
The players have significant input, but at the end of the day, they put their trust in talented designers to bring their vision to life. The mask design process allows goaltenders to display some of their personality in the design, and it lives throughout the NHL season in vivid color on one of their most important pieces of equipment.
Joonas Korpisalo recently worked with Sylvie Marsolais of SylaBrush to design his new mask for the 2016-17 season, and it's a thing of beauty.
Here's a snippet from Cat Silverman of InGoal Magazine:
This new mask, designed by Sylvie Marsolais of SylaBrush,
has every Columbus fan’s favorite- and every opposing
team’s media members’ least
favorite – Blue Jackets icon featured
prominently on the side:
the Columbus Cannon.
“Joonas wanted a cannon on his mask,” Marsolais told InGoal, “and he wanted the cannon to throw some stars towards the top of the mask.”
So a cannon he got – one for each side of the mask, going off to help decorate the rest of the mask in a star-spangled theme.
The mask has an almost Captain America theme to it, with player-requested bold stripes dividing the three concepts on the mask (the stars, the cannon, and the blue jacket soldier) into a star-spangled piece of art.
Another set of stripes heads from the top of the mask down
through the center and into the chin,
done in a darker blue than the rest of the concept.
You can follow Marsaolais' work on Twitter at @Sylabrush.