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Gibson wears mask to honor Bryant, victims of helicopter accident

Ducks goalie's design includes silhouettes of NBA legend, daughter

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson will wear an amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant on Friday at Honda Center.

Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers basketball legend, died tragically in a helicopter accident on Sunday.

Gibson's incredible mask by Shell Shock Designs features Bryant's two jersey numbers, 8 and 24, on either side, with six stars, five displaying the years that Bryant's Lakers won the NBA Championship, and one commemorating his 81-point game, along the top.

Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: This Kobe Bryant tribute mask will be worn by John Gibson tonight as the #NHLDucks take on the Lightning at @HondaCenter. The mask features a silhouette of Kobe and his daughter, Gianna, surrounded by the names of the seven other victims of the tragedy.🎨: @ShellShockCo pic.twitter.com/uKLFmdnPpl

The backplate shows a silhouette of Bryant with his arm around his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who also died in the accident. Both Bryants are shown wearing halos. Surrounding the artwork are the names of the other seven victims of the tragedy.

On the top of the mask is a Hollywood-themed skyline complete with palm trees. Gibson's jersey number, 35, is featured on the chin guard and the Ducks logo appears on the top of the helmet.

The Lakers were set to play their first game back at Staples Center on Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Tweet from @ShellShockCo: #MambaMentality pic.twitter.com/zVzNbYi0IA

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