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Crawford to debut new mask for Stadium Series

Blackhawks goalie worked with artist to create snowflake-dotted piece

by Brian Hedger / Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford has his new equipment for the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game against the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 21 at TCF Bank Stadium (3:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports). 

It will be Crawford's third outdoor game and he'll use his third set of specially crafted goalie equipment, including another new mask he helped design. Crawford worked with longtime personal mask designer Stephane Bergeron of La Griffe Originale, and the finished product is a red, white and black mask dotted with snowflakes.

"I had a little say in it," Crawford said, glancing at it after practice Friday at United Center. "I designed one thing and then they kind of work with me. They finished it up pretty much, just tweaked a couple things." 

Bergeron, who posted the photos of the mask on his Facebook page, said Crawford prefers his simplicity in paint schemes, but also has a keen eye for details. 

"For this one, Corey asked to have a very simple design, a very, very basic design," Bergeron said. "When I sent him my first mock up, he didn't like it. But a few days later he sent me his own rough drawing." 

Bergeron went to work based on that sketch and the two eventually came up with the finished product, which is glossy and shimmers under a light. It's a simplistic design, but the light and dark colors should stand out when viewed by fans in the stadium or watching on high-definition televisions. 

"I wanted a little something with a 'Winter Classic' feel," Crawford said. "So it's pretty much a bold design, because it's kind of hard to see detail from further in the stands." 

It shouldn't be difficult to spot his number, 50, which is painted onto the top of the helmet. There is also the word, "HAWKS" in all capital lettering across the chin. One of the details that might stand out more on TV are the snowflakes, which are interspersed all over the helmet. 

They're made of a thin chrome metal similar to gold leaf used by artists. Bergeron used a color called Chameleon Chrome for Crawford's mask. 

"It's like a very thin sheet of mirror aluminum, so I can cut it into the shapes I want using the computer and then place it on the mask where I want it, almost like a vinyl," Bergeron said. "In big lights, it will pop with more colors in it."

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