ST. LOUIS - Two weeks ago, we said Brain Elliott’s new all-blue goalie pads might be the coolest thing ever.
Shortly after we posted that story, Elliott responded with the following tweet:
"Just wait til you see the mask..."
He wasn't kidding. Elliott's new mask is a nod to that same 90's-Curtis Joseph that served as the inspiration for his new pads, and it's awesome.
“His mask when he was first here, with the two trumpets on top and the Blue Notes on the chin with the music sheet, it always stuck out in my head as a kid,” Elliott said. “The rabid dog is his signature, so I didn’t want to copy that one, but I wanted to pay tribute to him because I idolized him, and it looks cool, too.”
While the mask doesn't prominently feature Cujo's rabid dog, it does appear on the back of the mask, along with Elliott's signature moose and the University of Wisconsin logo, where both Elliott and Joseph played their NCAA hockey.
Elliott will wear the new mask during Saturday’s Goalies Night, when the Blues will pay tribute to the great goaltenders in franchise history with a pregame ceremony before the Jan. 16 game vs. Montreal. Joseph, Elliott, Mike Liut, Grant Fuhr, Martin Brodeur, Jake Allen are expected to attend both events.
Learn more about the team’s Heritage Nights by visiting stlouisblues.com/heritage.