You may recall that last year the Ducks took part in "Movember
" a month-long initiative to raise funds and awareness for men's health issues by growing moustaches throughout the month (even George Parros
shaved his and re-grew it). The Ducks are doing it again next month, and last we heard, Parros got every player involved -- except Jonas Hiller
Then came this piece of news: Hiller may not be actually growing the 'stache, but he's paying tribute to Movember in a whole other uniquely awesome way -- through his goalie mask.
A website called The Goalie Guild
has released photos of a brand new mask designed for Hiller, a white matte that features black-and-white headshots of every Ducks player with different styles of moustaches drawn on their faces. On the back of the mask, a full shot of Hiller himself sporting a fake moustache (see below).
This from Justin Goldman of The Goalie Guild, who talked to mask artist Alec Voggel of Airxess: Airxess came up with the idea, as we needed a game-used Hiller mask that would later be for sale because of the big demand. Hiller came up with the Movember idea himself, so as always, he gave us the input, and I had to create the design. Besides the concept, the whole testing to place all the portraits on the mask (it's not only done by airbrush) and the painting itself I have done, while Dan "The Man" gave the mask a nice flat finish and left some parts shiny."
I used the style of moustache seen on the Movember website, but in a completely different technique as other airbrushed masks out there. It must be visible that the moustaches are painted with an edding that people can see is added afterwards, just like the guys growing their own moustaches. Each player has a different look, as usual.
Meanwhile, Hiller tried on the mask and talked a little about it in this OC Register story
, saying, "I just wanted to do something different. I talked to my painter and he said, ‘Yeah, what do you think? We should just do a couple of masks this year. I sent him the whole theme about Movember and guys growing a mustache.
“He said, Oh yeah, let’s do something like that. And that’s what he came up with. I think it’s definitely funny.”
The Movember folks, by the way, are absolutely thrilled, and one of them emailed that he heard it called "The Holy Grail of Movember." There's more (and larger photos) on this page on The Goalie Guild website
. We'll be announcing more on the Ducks' participation in Movember soon.