This week a photo showing the beginning stages of a new mask for Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen was bouncing around the web and social media and -- to quote the song from the movie it depicts -- Everything Is Awesome.
The mask is the brainchild of airbrush artist and custom mask painter David Gunnarsson of Sweden
, who has created several incredible designs, including some of Andersen's. One of those is the Stadium Series mask
that Andersen didn't get a chance to wear in the game at Dodger Stadium, since Jonas Hiller started and finished that 3-0 shutout of the Kings. (Andersen did sport the mask in practice and warmups.)
Inspired by the incredibly popular The Lego Movie, the new mask depicts the character Emmet wearing a Ducks jersey that looks similar to the one worn in the Stadium Series game, with a retro Mighty Ducks logo shield on the front. Emmet, with a goalie mask on his head, is shown building what looks like a brick wall made out of Legos.
I talked to Andersen this afternoon about the mask and its painter:
"I’ve been working with David for three years, I think. He’s really creative, and he’ll throw some ideas at me and I’ll tell him what I like. I think it was originally meant for the Stadium Series game, but at the last second he went with a different design for that and decided to save the Lego idea for later. He came up with the idea because Lego is from Denmark and only an hour from where I grew up. I liked the idea, and I think it’s really good-looking with the orange on the jersey, since we have some orange on the jersey that we wore in the playoffs.
"When I was a kid, I had Legos and David told me that he still likes to help his kids build with Legos. I remember when my brothers and sister would get Legos at Christmas and all the kids would want to help them build with them. It’s kind of fun. I actually just saw the pictures today of the final mask, and I think it’s going to look really good."
Andersen said he has already seen photos of the finished product, which will be ready by the start of next season. CLICK HERE
for the full Q&A with Freddy.