ST. LOUIS - If you're a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, you're going to love Blues goalie Carter Hutton's mask for the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
"I thought I would do something that's a tribute to the Cardinals," Hutton said. "Especially since we're playing at Busch Stadium and having an outdoor game there, it makes sense."
Hutton's Winter Classic mask features the Cardinals' iconic redbird, which is perched atop a large Blue Note. Signature red baseball seams are weaved throughout the design, which also features sketches of Cardinal legends Stan "The Man" Musial, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Dizzy Dean and Red Schoendienst.
Yadier Molina, the Cardinals' eight-time Gold Glove-winning catcher, is also featured on one side.
The backplate features Ozzie Smith and his patented opening-day backflip and the years of each of the Cardinals' 11 World Series Championships.
Video: Ozzie Smith sees Carter Hutton's mask
The idea to pay tribute to the Cardinals came from a close friend from Hutton's hometown in Thunder Bay, Ontario, but the design and painting was done by Jesse Acciacca of Jesse's Custom Design in Massachussetts. Acciacca designs all of Hutton's masks and has also created helmets for Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and retired NHL goaltender Dwayne Rolosson.
"For me, it's easy to have an idea, but he's great at putting it all together and making it work," Hutton said. "He made it look amazing.
"I've always been a big baseball fan. Seeing Cardinal Nation from the outside, now being part of it and being around it is awesome," Hutton added. "It's quite an honor to even get to play at Busch Stadium, so this is a great way for me to pay tribute to such a legendary team and such an iconic ballpark. I think this helmet does a great job of showing the connection between the Blues and the Cardinals, and I think Cardinal Nation will really appreciate it."
To see more work by Jesse's Custom Design, find them online at jessescustomdesign.net or on Twitter and Facebook.
Video: Hutton reveals Cardinals mask for Winter Classic