Eddie Lack wasn’t sure what to expect when he decided to let fans design his mask for the upcoming season, but the more submissions he received, the more he realized simple was the route to go.
No lasers, no storks, no Swedish chefs.
“There was even one with just meatballs on it,” laughed Lack. “There were some really interesting designs, some weird ones too; I don’t think people take me serious enough, there was some Batman stuff even. All that was missing was an ABBA mask!”
Surely someone will take a chance on that in the future. Until then, Justin Mo’s mask design is what Lack will be wearing in battle with the Vancouver Canucks next season.
“The thing that I liked about this one is that it has the mountains, which represents Vancouver, a little version of the city up close, all the Canucks logos, Sweden and Canada too – it’s pretty much got everything.”
And now Mo has some big time bragging rights.
The 14-year-old, who plays volleyball and hockey when he’s not designing Lack’s mask, loves drawing and really took an interest in it in secondary school.
Upon hearing about the Lack mask contest, Mo tried to print out the provided mask template, but his printer was out of ink. This hurdle didn’t sideline him; after tracking down some tracing paper, he traced the outline of the template and was ready to rock.
Mo wanted something that spoke to Lack’s connection to Vancouver and the Canucks, yet still tied in his number and nickname. Tall task you say? The finished product speaks for itself (pictured above) – even if it was meant to be a touch more colourful.
“Honestly, I actually didn't want a black and white themed mask,” said Mo. “I really wanted to put colors onto it because I thought it would look nice with colors, especially with the Canucks colors, but I didn't have pencil crayons, so I just stuck with black and white and hoped for the best.”
Lack will now hand the design over to pro airbrush artist and custom mask painter David Gunnarsson of DAVEART, who you may remember from nearly every one of Lack’s previous masks, and will let him to his thing.
“The colour of the logos is obvious, then I’ll let him decide the rest,” said Lack. “I like this mask design overall, I might make the city skyline a little bit bigger – oh and I’ll make sure it says Vancouver at the top.”
As for the back of the mask, it will remain the same and feature the Swedish Chef, Lack's father "and maybe my mom will get a spot on there if she keeps making me such good meals."
Lack will have his mask finished in time for training camp in September and shortly after the start of the season, Mo will be invited to come meet Lack in person.
Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to Design Lack’s Mask and who participated in the Boston Pizza Design A Mask Contest. Keep that creativity flowing, as the Boston Pizza Design A Mask Contest will be bigger and better than ever this upcoming season.