Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer is gearing up for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on New Year's Day.
In addition to sporting a brand new pair of goalie pads created by Bauer that he's been breaking in at selected practices, the 25-year-old Reimer will also be wearing a new mask especially made for the occasion by painter David Gunnarsson when his team faces the Detroit Red Wings.
"The helmet has a picture of the old Maple Leafs logo with horizontal lines that match the jersey," Reimer told NHL.com. "There's also a winter classic logo on it and, from afar, it looks like a retro mask. But when you get close up to it, it still has those sketches that I like to keep the [Reimer] theme."
Reimer said he didn't have to make many changes after Gunnarsson sent him the first sketch of the mask.
"There were just little things, but I basically kept it the way he initially had it," Reimer said.
The fourth-year goalie acknowledged that having the HBO cameras in the locker room during the network's "24/7" Red Wings-Maple Leafs Road to the Winter Classic series has been a lot of fun.
"I'm really looking forward to this game since I never took part in a competitive hockey game outdoors except when I was a little kid," Reimer said. "The HBO people have been great. I can't complain, they've all been good guys and haven't been a distraction in the room. The stuff they put out is a lot of fun to watch."