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Author: Cat Silverman

Marc-Andre Fleury honors favorite teammates with new mask

Stephane Bergeron of Griff Airbrush designs received a call around New Year’s Eve from Pittsburgh Penguins starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and his equipment manager, Dana Heinze. Fleury wanted a new mask. The two have worked together on a number of mask designs for the Penguins netminder, but this one was a little different. Fleury wanted it to be a tribute – not to Penguins of years past, but to the teammates he’s loved to skate out with. In honor of the team’s 50th anniversary – and the upcoming outdoor game against the Philadelphia Flyers – Fleury and Heinze sent...

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Ondrej Pavelec recalled by Winnipeg Jets

Things are spiraling out of control for the Winnipeg Jets. After rookie starter Connor Hellebuyck recorded a shutout last week, the team promptly dropped their next four straight games. The first two, in which Hellebuyck started (but didn’t finish), the 23-year-old netminder allowed a whopping six goals on just thirteen shots against. Backup Michael Hutchinson can only be relied upon so much, and the team is getting frustrated – so they’ve brought back a potential (if controversial) solution. It was confirmed on Tuesday morning that Ondrej Pavelec, the polarizing long-time starter for Winnipeg, had been recalled from the AHL’s...

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Matt O’Connor brings back the warrior helmet for Ottawa

Back when he skated for Boston University, goaltender Matt O’Connor kept a warrior theme among all of his masks. This winter, he’s brought that back. With a new mask from Sylabrush artist Sylvie Marsolais, O’Connor reintroduced his old warrior mask design with a bit of an Ottawa Senators twist. Here’s what Marsolais had to say about it: “For his paint job,” Marsolais told InGoal, “Matt wanted a warrior helmet like he had in the past with Boston University. He wanted the helmet to be like a piece of art, with no big logos or number, just art!  The shape...

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Al Montoya given two year extension in Montreal

With the expansion draft looming, NHL clubs are doing everything they can to get ready. For some, like the Montreal Canadiens, that seems to mean giving backups multi-year extensions. It was confirmed on Monday morning that Al Montoya, who is in his first season with the Canadiens following a stint with the Florida Panthers, has been given a two year contract extension. This puts his final contract year at the 2018-19 season, when Montoya will be 34 years old. By signing Montoya, it appears that the Canadiens have solved their expansion draft problems. Prior to the extension, the team...

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Elvis Merzlikins goes Graceland with new mask design

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltending prospect Elvis Merzlikins has been playing – and playing well – for Switzerland’s HC Lugano for the last four seasons. He hasn’t fallen below a .913 save percentage during that time, serving as one of the team’s key pieces since he was 19. Recently, he and the team put up a stellar performance at the 2017 Spengler Cup, making it to the Final against Team Canada during the international tournament. While skating out against Canada, Merzlikins sported a new mask – and it’s pretty fantastic. Designed and painted by Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush Airbrush, the...

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