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Craig Anderson's new mask has more than meets the eye

Senators goaltender's heritage headgear reveals different images when heated

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Craig Anderson's new Ottawa Senators heritage mask has two tributes to former long-time Senators goalie Patrick Lalime. The first, a portrait of Lalime in his mask on the left side, is obvious, but the second is secretly hidden under a new type of paint.

When heat is applied to the black "ghost" paint on Anderson's new mask, the secret is revealed: Marvin the Martian, who was a staple on all of Lalime's masks.

Tweet from @Senators: There's more than meets the eye with Craig Anderson's new throwback mask.

"It won't be visible on the ice but if you apply some heat, whether from your hand, a hair dryer, or hot water, you'll see things appear," said artist Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush Airbrush. "Paint that changes colors has come to another level now; it's like painting two masks on one."

The mask everyone saw when Anderson took to the ice in it for the first time this summer is a replica of Damian Rhodes' old Ottawa mask. Created as a celebration of the Senators 25th anniversary, it includes the tribute to Lalime on the left side and former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson on the other. Each is contained in a red maple leaf that appears to be framed by simple black paint around the outer edge of the mask down to the chin.

"At first view, it looks like a traditional paint job, but under the black paint of the mask is a lot more," Marsolais said. "On top there's the Senators' 25th anniversary logo, and on the Lalime side there is Marvin the Martian and there is a landscape of Mars on the lower sides."

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