Photos: NHL goalie masks of 2013 season

 

Some are mean looking, others are just plain and simple. Here are photos of every goaltender's mask for the 2013 National Hockey League season.

 
 
 
 
<div id="page1">Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche. There is nothing abominable about the cigar-smoking snow man on Varlamov's mask. What is that snow man riding you may ask? Why crazed snowmobile of course.</div>
 

Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche. There is nothing abominable about the cigar-smoking snow man on Varlamov's mask. What is that snow man riding you may ask? Why crazed snowmobile of course.

Photograph by: Jack Dempsey, AP Photo

 
<div id="page1">Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche. There is nothing abominable about the cigar-smoking snow man on Varlamov's mask. What is that snow man riding you may ask? Why crazed snowmobile of course.</div>
Devan Dubnyk, Edmonton Oilers. Dubnyk's mask has a little bit of a retro feel to it, with copper oil drops dripping on the blue background.
Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild. Backstrom gives his fans a glimpse of his wild side with a pair of green jaguars roaring on a black field painted on his hockey mask. His nickname, Backs, is printed on his chin guard.
Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks. Crawford's play on Chicago's team logo is similar to the mask he wore last season, but it still makes for a very artistic piece. On either side of the mask are black feathers which overlap different symbols of Native American heritage.
Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets. Another tribute to the stars and stripes can be seen on Bobrovsky's 2013 NHL mask.
Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis Blues. Halak went for some what of a different approach to his goalie mask. Music notes, identical to the team's logo, can be seen falling out of the painted tears on the right side of his mask, while the edges of a larger note poke out of similar tears on the left side.
Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins. Rask's snarling brown bear has to be on of the more intimidating images among the NHL goalie masks this season.
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens. Price proudly displays his team's logo on his mask.
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks. Luongo's mask is very retro, with the classic Canucks hockey stick logo on a blue, green and white background.
Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals. Holtby may be a Canadian born goalie but his mask is all stars and stripes.
Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes. Yikes! Thats is a well painted coyote, but did you expect Smith to have his mask any other way?
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils. Brodeur's mask nicely incorporates the team's devil logo in blazing red on a black background.
Jonas Hiller, Anaheim Ducks. Hiller has one clean and classy looking mask.The black and gold colouring which help represents the Duck's hockey arena, on the right side, and the California's surfer lifestyle, on the left, this mask is totally unique.
Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames. Kiprusoff seems to be using the same mask as he did last season. A goalie can't go with wrong with skulls, right?
Ilya Bryzgalov, Philadelphia Flyers. Bryzgalov has the eye of the tiger on his mask, literally. The image is kind of fitting with some of the rocky starts he is known for.
Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes. Ward's mask may have a lot stuff going on, but it hasn't changed too much. Black Beard is still the main image on the side of the mask, with his nickname Wardo printed on the chin strap. Hey, if it's not broken don't fix it right?
Evgeni Nabokov, New York Islanders. Nabokov has a thriller of a mask that features two white-undead ghouls on a midnight blue background.
Al Montoya, Winnipeg Jets. Montoya's and his robotic shark mask is an automatic winner. I especially like the detail given to the bolts to give it that extra bite.
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings. What better way to defend the King's net but with a knight in shining armour? A very neat metaphor if you ask me.
Anders Lindback, Tampa Bay Lightning. Lindback's mask is positively electric with a huge lighting bolt streaking across his mask.
James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs. Although it is hard to tell, Reimer's mask is not as simple as giant white Maple Leaf's logo that cover most of the mask. If you look closer you can see the blue prints for the transforming robot known as Optimus Prime, or should we say Optimus Reim.
Jose Theodore, Florida Panthers. Even though hockey is traditionally a winter sport, you can never go wrong with sandy beaches, palm trees and flaming tiki men. That is why Theodore's mask is just so darn cool.
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins. Fleury decided to his give his mask more of a metallic plated look to it, which accompanies the two different depictions of the team's penguin logo.
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators. Rinne's well known alien predator mask has been replaced with a particularly possessed looking voodoo doll chewing through the straps of this brilliantly coloured mask.
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers. While Lundqvist highlighted his adopted city of New York, this year the Swedish goaltender chose to showcase actresses Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman and director Ingmar Bergman who are silverscreen legends from his homeland.
Detroit Red Wings, Jimmy Howard. Although it is hard to tell in this photo Howard's mask is a homage to the beautiful Detroit skyline and to Rusland Salei, Stefan Liv and former coach Brad McDrimmon who all died in a tragic plane crash that killed nearly all of the members of the KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on Sept. 7, 2011.
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres. Now that is one big angry buffalo, enough said in my mind.
Antti Niemi, San Jose Sharks. Niemi's mask dons a pair of blue lions with the heads of crowned kings. A throwback to his homeland? I have no idea, but it makes for one cool looking mask. One neat thing to mention is how the designer almost seamlessly blended a set of shark jaws around the opening for the face.
Craig Anderson, Ottowa Senators. Anderson has quite a contrast admist the many red Canadian maple leafs that cover his mask. The left side has a simple and traditional team logo. The right side of the mask however, has a hot rod driving spartan warrior with sharp gnarling teeth and fire flowing from behind the wheels of a red convertible.
Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars. Lehtonen chose something a little more classic for his mask design for the 2013 season. Sillouettes of cowboys can be seen on the side of the mask, with promminent golden lettering spelling out the team name to match the golden stars on his chin strap.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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