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Author: Kevin Woodley

‘Why so serious?’ Joker on Connor Ingram’s first pro mask

Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Connor Ingram wanted to make sure his new pro teams were the focus of his first pro mask but he also wanted to bring a trademark with him from junior. Ingram, who signed a three-year entry level contract with the Lightning on April 4, two days after his junior season with the Kamloops Blazers ended, has included the Joker character portrayed by the late Heath Ledger on the backplate of his new Lightning- and Syracuse Crunch-themed mask. “The backplate is a kind of trademark that he had from the juniors,” said artist Sylvie Marsolais of...

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Lundqvist fastest to 400; How Allaire spotted greatness early

Take a look at @HLundqvist30‘s career & hear what former teammate @KevinWeekes has to say about The King. Congrats on 400 wins! @NYRangers pic.twitter.com/szT5QjYGKK — NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) February 13, 2017 When Henrik Lundqvist posted his 400th NHL win against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, the New York Rangers star reached the milestone faster than any other goaltender in NHL history. Lundqvist only needed 727 games to reach 400 wins, fewer than Martin Brodeur (735), Chris Osgood (742), and Jacques Plante and Patrick Roy (753). The speed with which Lundqvist reached the milestone sparked renewed debate about his omission...

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New Maple Leafs Backup McElhinney Understands Role

Curtis McElhinney may need time to get comfortable with his new team but the veteran backup goaltender is already well versed in the role is expected to fill with the Toronto Maple Leafs. McElhinney was claimed off waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday but the 33-year-old isn’t expected to play a lot in Toronto. McElhinney will likely continue his role as a seldom-used backup behind first-year No.1 Frederik Andersen No.1, a role the 33-year-old goalie got used to behind workhorse starter Sergei Bobrovsky in Columbus. Rarely playing comes with unique challenges but it’s a job description McElhinney...

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Canadiens Fucale Adds Color Change To Ice Age Mask

Montreal Canadiens prospect Zach Fucale stuck with the Ice Age theme for his new mask, and normally the including of Scrat, the prehistoric cartoon squirrel chasing a nut from the animated Ice Age kids movies, would be the headline maker for this mask. Not this time, however. Painter Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush added a bold new layer to Fucale’s new mask by using her color-changing SubZero paint FX on the Ice Caps logo on both sides. Marsolais created a lot of buzz when the color-change debuted on the mask of Boston Bruins backup Anton Khudobin earlier in the week, but her use of the effect...

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Anton Khudobin’s New Bruins Mask Changes Colors

Russian goaltender Anton Khudobin is about to start his second stint with the Boston Bruins, but he didn’t want to retread an old mask design. Khudobin asked his painter, Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush to come up with something new, and she definitely delivered. In addition to a fresh design featuring a roaring bear on one side, and  TD Garden and the Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge on the other, Marsolais also used a new “Subzero” paint on the background, meaning it actually changes colour with hot and cold water. “Anton always wants original and unique masks so we brainstormed with Dobby and went with...

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