ST. LOUIS - When the St. Louis Blues take the ice for the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2 in their vintage sweaters, they'll look every bit as good as they did way back in 1967.
But leave it to the always-fashionable Jake Allen to take it up a notch.
"As soon as I heard we were playing in the Winter Classic and wearing the Blues original jerseys, I started thinking about designing the gear to match," Allen said. "I wanted something that would match the team's original colors and design while also having a clean and simple look. I think we achieved that."
Allen's mask for the Winter Classic was designed by Dennis Simone and painted by Jason Livery of Head Strong Grafx. It features a familiar shade of the team's original Blue as it's primary color. A thick gold trim that matches the color in the team's inaugural look runs through the outer edge, while each side features the iconic Gateway Arch under several large icicles. The mask also includes "ST. LOUIS" in a bold font across the top, several snowflakes, 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic logos on either side and the Blues 50 mark across the chin.
Allen's pads, blocker and glove look just like something straight out of the 1960's, too. Each are adorned with the classic blue and gold from the original uniforms.
When the Blues go outdoors for the first time, Allen is sure to be the one to be best-dressed.
"I've played in a lot of outdoor rinks as a kid, but never at this level or in a place quite like Busch Stadium," Allen said. "I can't wait to take the ice for the game. This is something you usually only dream about. Now, it's a reality."
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