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Lightning legends Lecavalier, St. Louis grace Domingue's new mask

Tampa Bay goalie wanted an old school feel for his tribute

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / NHL.com Staff Writer

Louis Domingue dipped into the Tampa Bay Lightning's not-too-distant past to get some legendary inspiration for his new mask. 

Goalie mask artist Dave Gunnarsson posted the design to his Instagram account on Thursday with details about Domingue's requests, which included portraits of former Lightning greats, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. 

"Louis had an amazing idea for his new mask, and when Louis told me about his visions and ideas I totally loved it and I couldn't wait to get started," Gunnarsson said in his Instagram post. "We brainstormed together how to build the design and in which style I should create it in."

Gunnarsson added that to keep with the old school theme Domingue wanted, he painted St. Louis and Lecavalier like sketches. As a nod to Tampa, he included palm trees, the downtown skyline, and a pirate ship like those the city is famous for during its annual Gasparilla Parade and Festival. 

Thor, on top of the bucket holding a lightning bolt with glow in the dark hands, rounds out the intricate design.

Lecavalier and St. Louis led the Lightning to the Stanley Cup championship in 2004, and did prolific work in the community. 

Tampa Bay retired St. Louis' No. 26 on January 13, 2017 and Lecavalier's No. 4 on February 10.

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