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Andersen honors Matthews, Marner with All-Star Game mask

Includes image of teammates on helmet, pads feature image of CN Tower

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

They're the three best friends that anyone's ever had that are also 2020 NHL All-Stars.

Frederik Andersen had a special surprise for Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Mitchell Marner and Auston Matthews.

Andersen put images of himself, and his teammates on his mask for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game.

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"I just thought it was a fun thing to do. Once I saw [Marner] got voted in, I was very happy for him and I thought it would be a cool thing to do," Andersen said. "It's something that we'll have memories for life together. I think it's just cool to have them in it. It's some cool art."

Andersen unveiled his mask to his teammates and their reaction said it all.

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"I'm super super honored to be on that mask. He's one of my closest friends on this team," Marner said. "He's meant a lot to me these past four years on this team. I was very happy, very honored by it."

"I was trying to keep it a secret and make sure they got to see it up close when they finally did. Kind of experience that for the first time," Andersen said.

Aside from the special helmet, Andersen also unveiled special pads that include an image of Toronto landmark CN Tower on each.

Tweet from @MapleLeafs: Good night from #NHLAllStar! #LeafsForever Staff Writer Mike Zeisberger contributed to this report.

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