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by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Joni Ortio worked with David Gunnarsson, a Swedish artist, over the course of the summer to design his new mask for the 2014-15 season.

"He does most of the masks in the NHL," Ortio told CalgaryFlames.com. "I worked him the first year I was over here. Last year, we were on a tight schedule so we couldn't make it happen with Dave.

"This year, I contacted him earlier on in the summer. We discussed what the theme was going to be and he came up with the idea. He's awesome like that. We brainstormed for a couple of days and sent me the draft, the ideas he put together. It sounded great and I gave him the go-ahead."

Ortio gave CalgaryFlames.com an exclusive look at his new mask during the Young Stars Classic in Penticton, BC.

"By far, this is my favourite mask I've had. I absolutely love it."

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