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Allen Goes Vintage with New Goalie Mask

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

If you can name it, Jake Allen's goalie masks have probably featured it over the years: a fishermen, riverboat captains, the James Sullivan character from Monsters Inc. and even a fan-designed snake.

This time, Allen is going for something different: vintage.

Like many old-school goalies, the mask is primarily white. It features a large Blue Note on top along with the team's traditional navy, royal blue and gold stripes, which match Allen's goalie pads. It also pays tribute to the club's history with an "Est. 1967" mark on each side and part of the St. Louis city skyline. The backplate? It's a nod to his hometown province of New Brunswick.

"The colors pop out a little bit more with the white," Allen said. "It's sort of old-school. Not too much to it."

The mask was painted by Jason Livery of HeadStrongGrafx, who has designed several masks for Allen.

"A lot of goalies are pretty picky with what goes on their mask," Allen adds. "I let the designer do his thing and I get the approval in the end. This one doesn’t have a lot of creativity to it. It’s simple and it pops."



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