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Forsberg pays homage to late musician Avicii with latest mask

Blackhawks goalie puts portrait of Tim Bergling on helmet, honoring artist who died April 20

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / Staff Writer

Anton Forsberg was always a fan of Avicii, so the Chicago Blackhawks goaltender paid homage to the late Swedish musician on his latest mask.

Forsberg's new helmet features a black and white portrait of Tim Bergling, the musician known as Avicii, honoring the man who died by suicide April 20.

Instagram from @daveart: Today we have the honor to present Anton Forsberg´s new Blackhawks mask for the coming season😊🥅. Anton knew what he wanted on his new mask, he wanted to pay tribute to the Swedish DJ legend Tim Bergling❤, a.k.a Avicii, who recently passed away. Just as Anton I am also a big admirer of his music and person and family🙏❤. It was a huge honor for me to paint and create this painting together with Anton in honor to Avicii´s family, they were also the first to see this painting❤.The rest of the mask is painted in an old school and clean style, and on the other side of the mask Anton`s best friend pop up and makes him company in the net. @antonforsbeerg @nhlblackhawks @nhl @daveart

"First of all, it was tragic, the whole story," Forsberg said Wednesday. "I watched the documentary [True Stories], and it was tragic how he opened up on everything and still didn't get the help he needed. I've always listened to his music and have been a big fan of it. For me, there was no hesitation putting him on the mask.

Forsberg's mask was designed by David Gunnarsson, who is also of Swedish descent and posted a photo of the design on his Instagram account Sept. 8. Forsberg asked Bergling's parents, Klas Bergling and Anki Liden, for permission to use his depiction on his mask.

"I had never met him," Forsberg said of Avicii. "I just grew up listening to his music and I still listen to it. The whole story is really tragic."

The mask also features Forsberg's pet shiba dog, Baxter, along with the Blackhawks logo on top and his No. 31 on his chin.

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