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Demko, Stecher gear up for Flying Skate uniforms with custom mask, shoes

Team broke out new alternate look for game against Avalanche

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

The Vancouver Canucks sported some old uniforms Saturday, which meant Thatcher Demko needed a new mask.

The Canucks goalie unveiled his spectacular mask that he'll wear to accompany their adidas Flying Skate alternate jersey, which the team wore for the first time against the Colorado Avalanche.

Tweet from @Canucks: Black. 🔥Red. 🔥Yellow. 🔥

Demko's new mask features the names of former Canucks greats Kirk McLean, Roberto Luongo, Mattias Ohlund, Pavel Bure, Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden, Markus Naslund, Thomas Gradin, Orland Kurtenbach and Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

"I just wanted to do a little tribute," Demko told the Canucks website. "This one was special to me."

Instagram from @daveart: It was so exciting to paint the retro mask with the awesome skate logo for my friend Thatcher Demko😊🎨. Thatch knew what he wanted and had some pretty sweet ideas👌🏻. He wanted it to be a crisp and clean design, very classic and old school with a strong retro connection⭐️. And in the crisp frames tributes to epic Canucks players🏒. I loved it and couldnt wait to paint it! Thanks Thatch🙏🏻😊! @tdemko30 @canucks #DaveArt @nhl #DaveArtFamily #nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity #nhl

Demko also had all-black Bauer skates to match the ensemble, which he joked were special ordered like teammate Troy Stecher's fresh Flying Skate-themed sneakers. Stecher designed the red, yellow and black sneakers during the offseason when he found out the retro uniform, which Vancouver wore from 1985-97, was coming back.

"In the summer, I kind of got bored … and created these bad boys to match these unis," Stecher told the Canucks website Friday. "I think they look sweet. I've gotten a lot of compliments today."

And they weren't just a fashion statement.

"They feel great," Stecher said. "I feel like I can jump higher, run faster. I guess in my life it's fashion before function and I feel like I look good with them."

Stecher and Demko also had nothing but good things to say about the uniforms.

"I think they're really sharp," Demko said. "I think the guys will be flying around [Saturday]."

Instagram from @canucksfin: Guess what the team is wearing for the entire game tonight Vs @coloradoavalanche #SkateTime

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