– Tampa Bay Lightning goaltenders Mike Smith and Olaf Kolzig are currently wearing goalie masks designed and painted with themes from the SAW movie franchise and both game-worn masks will be up for auction, with Smith’s beginning this evening at www.collectsaw.com
. Lightning governor and owner Oren Koules co-produces the SAW movies with Evolution Entertainment partner and fellow Lightning owner Mark Burg. SAW V opened in theaters nationwide on Friday, October 25 and is expected to be one of the most successful installments of the SAW series at the box office.
Both masks will be worn by the Lightning goaltenders through at least Friday October 31, and then will be signed by each player in silver ink before being shipped to the winning bidders. Proceeds from the auction of Smith’s mask will benefit The Lightning Foundation and proceeds from Kolzig’s mask will benefit Athletes Against Autism, a charity founded by Kolzig and other NHL players.
“We are excited to be able to combine the SAW movie series and the Lightning brand to create awareness and raise money for these two great charities,“ said Koules about the masks. “The respective artists did fantastic work, re-creating excellent SAW elements on both masks and we’d like to thank both Olie Kolzig and Mike Smith for their willingness to get involved and participate.”
Smith’s mask will go to auction at www.collectsaw.com
this evening beginning at 11:30 p.m. It will be available for bidding until 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4. Kolzig’s mask will then be available to bidders from 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4 through Tuesday, November 11 at 11:30 p.m.
The web site www.collectsaw.com
is the official auction site for all SAW collectibles, autographs, props, wardrobe and memorabilia.
Both of the masks’ creators and artists are among the most respected in the business and were hand-selected by the players themselves to create the SAW-themed masks. Smith’s was designed and painted by David Arrigo (www.davidarrigo.com
) while Kolzig’s was created by Dom Malerba, owner of The Pro’s Choice. Malerba and Kolzig used Ron Slater of The Pro’s Choice to paint the mask.
The Lightning Foundation is the charitable arm of the Lightning and is recognized as a 501 c3 non-profit organization. It focuses its unique resources on the advancement of amateur hockey and educational enrichment opportunities for children, along with medical research and treatment for those in need.
Athletes Against Autism is a group of athletes, personally touched by autism, who are harnessing their efforts into one voice in order to raise awareness and funds for autism research, treatment and education programs. Its founding members are NHL players Olaf, Kolzig, Byron Dafoe and Scott Mellanby, all of whom are fathers of children with autism.
More high resolution photos of each mask are available by contacting the Lightning Public Relations Office.