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Goalies show off World Cup masks

Designs include John Gibson's nod to Pac-Man, Jonathan Quick's support for Green Berets

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

Goaltenders selected for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 will be sporting new masks for the two-week tournament at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Like the masks they wear during the NHL season, these are a reflection of the player's personality and team. Because each goalie be representing his country, or his continent in the case of Team North America and Team Europe, there's a lot of nationalism in the designs.

Here's a look at the goalie masks for the tournament, which runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1:


Team Canada

Corey Crawford (Chicago Blackhawks) went with more white than red, and Braden Holtby (Washington Capitals) was the opposite. Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) got two masks, one of which is mostly black.

Tweet from @CataCarryOn: Stephane Bergeron (Griff Airbrush) did a phenomenal job with Corey Crawford's WCOH mask:

Tweet from @CCMGoalie: Red and White. @CP0031's second World Cup mask. #WCH2016 #MadeOfHockey����

Tweet from @CCMGoalie: One of two World Cup helmets for @CP0031. #WCH2016 #MadeOfHockey

Tweet from @Capitals: Just in! @Holts170's World Cup of Hockey mask. #HoltBeast ����


Team North America

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson's mask features a nod to Pac-Man with pixelated ghosts, plus hologram effects. Matt Murray (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets) went heavy on Team North America's blazing orange logo color.

Tweet from @mattmurray_30: Thanks to Steph at Griff Airbrush for the new #WCH2016 helmet!

Tweet from @NHLJets: Connor Hellebuyck's #WCH2016 mask from @Eyecandyair is ��

Team USA

Ben Bishop borrows the glowing lightning bolt imagery from his Tampa Bay Lightning mask, and Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings) went for an all-white look that showcases the Special Forces Charitable Trust, a support organization for the Green Berets. Cory Schneider's design has some of the same vintage elements as his New Jersey Devils mask.

Tweet from @JonathanQuick32: Big thank you to @Eyecandyair @cryeprecision and for helping me put this together!


Team Russia

Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Semyon Varlamov (Colorado Avalanche) went heavy on intricate Russian designs. Varlamov's mask has a more retro feel and matte finish.


Team Europe

Frederik Andersen (Toronto Maple Leafs) has a mask with rich Danish designs, and Lego Movie Batman peeking out of one side. Thomas Greiss (New York Islanders) gives a nod to all of the countries that comprise Team Europe. Jaroslav Halak (Islanders) has a similar salute with a map of Europe and a star marking each country.

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Greisser's @TeamEUR_WCH mask looking good! #WCH2016��: @BrittneyGreiss1


Team Sweden

Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) had two masks made, and they're fairly similar. One is almost all blue and the other has more white. Each has the Statue of Liberty, which is a staple for all of his masks over the years. Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver Canucks) requested his mask be a tribute to Swedish soccer player Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Toronto Maple Leaf Jhonas Enroth's mask has a nautical feel.



Team Czech Republic

Petr Mrazek (Detroit Red Wings) is getting in the competitive spirit with a mask that features Peter Griffin from "Family Guy" in a bear costume (King Kong Petr) climbing Toronto's CN Tower and planting the Czech flag. Michal Neuvirth (Philadelphia Flyers) has intricate details that pay tribute to his country and hometown. Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrei Pavelec's mask has a matte finish.


Team Finland

Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators) has had some gnarly creatures on his masks. This one features elements from the modern update of 1980s movie "Predator."

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