ST. LOUIS - When we learned Brian Elliott was getting custom goalie pads that resembled ones worn by Curtis Joseph in the early 90’s, we were intrigued. It was a cool idea, but how would a blue glove, blocker and pads look in today’s game?
The answer is good. Very good.
The best, though, might still be to come. Elliott is expecting a new mask soon that pays homage to Joseph’s original trumpets and music note design.
Elliott says the inspiration for the new gear came from an old Cujo hockey card he found at home.
“He was in Heaton gear, which they don’t make anymore. The gear was all blue, and I thought it looked really cool,” Elliott said recently. “His mask when he was first here, with the two trumpets on top and the Blue Notes on the chin on the music sheet, it always stuck out in my head as a kid. I wanted to pay tribute to him because I was such a fan and idolized him.”
Elliott will wear the new mask and pads when the Blues host Goalies Night on Jan. 16 vs. Montreal. Similar to Captains Night earlier this month, the club will welcome back several former goaltenders, including Mike Liut and Grant Fuhr, for its second Heritage Night this season.
Tickets for the Goalies Night Dinner on Jan. 15 at the Missouri Athletic Club are available now at www.stlouisblues.com/goaliesdinner and include dinner, cocktails and a special program honoring Blues goaltenders, past and present.