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New Jason Bacashihua mask just in time for Halloween

Like clockwork, you can depend on Hollywood to deliver a fresh batch of cheesy horror films just in time for fast-approaching Halloween. Similarly, we at InGoal Magazine have come to count on goalie Jason Bacashihua to deliver one of the best masks in pro hockey every season. And since that mask invariably features one of the best ties ins between hockey and horror films of all time – the vintage goalie-mask wearing Jason Voorhees character from the Friday the 13th franchise – we figured this was as good a time as any to present Bacashihua’s latest. While most of his masks have featured the Jason character on at least once side, if not both, this is the first we’ve seen with the Friday the 13th goalie mask so prominently displayed on the front. Anyone who knows Bacashihua, however, would be in no way surprised at its status on his mask. “Growing up I was able to watch all of them,” Bacashihua once told InGoal Magazine of the horror movies. “And when it came time to paint my helmet I thought it was pretty neat: He wears the goalie mask and I’m Jason and here I am a goalie, so I put him on there. I couldn’t put the knife or anything on there so I just threw the hockey stick on there. That’s my thing ever since I was in Utah and...

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Three Goalie stars for October 25, 2010

Would the revival of Tim Thomas in Boston prove more impressive than the debut of Cory Schneider on the other coast, and allow the veteran Bruins’ backstop to edge out the Canucks rookie backup for top spot in fan voting for InGoal Magazine’s 3 stars this week? And what about the return to playoff form of Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis, or a return from injury of Pekka Rinne and the still undefeated Nashville Predators? Once again, you decided who took home top prize … First Star: Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins: Thomas, who was named second star after an impressive shutout overseas during the first week of the season, continued his early season run of brilliance by backstopping the Boston Bruins to a sweep of a home-and-away series with the offensively gifted Washington Capitals. He stopped 73 of 75 shots in the victories, improving to 4-0-0 this season with 0.75 goals-against average and eye-popping .978 save percentage. In the process, the 36-year-old has quieted a lot of critics who wondered if his Vezina Trophy win two seasons ago was a one-off after he lost the starting job to impressive rookie Tuukka Rask last season. Turns out it was more about a badly torn hip labrum, which Thomas had surgically repaired during the summer, freeing him up physically for this impressive return. Second Star: Cory Schneider, Vancouver Canucks: On the...

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Three Goalie Stars for October 25: You Choose

For the second straight week InGoal Magazine wants you, the reader, to help us pick the three stars. The poll will run all day Sunday, with the winner revealed Monday morning, and just like last week, we are accepting write-in votes and encouraging campaigning among fans. So you decide, are impressive home-and-away wins over the Washington Capitals enough for Tim Thomas and his surgically repaired hip to top the list this week. Or will rookie backup Cory Schneider’s consecutive victories – the first time in Roberto Luongo’s four seasons in Vancouver he has watched two straight from the bench on home ice – put him atop the list. And what about Jaroslav Halak’s surge in St. Louis? You chose the winner. Thank you…poll is now...

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Jose Theodore makes Minny debut in “Mummy” mask

(Editor’s note: InGoal is proud to debut exclusive photos of Theodore’s new mask to replace this mummy temp). Halloween is still more than a week away but Jose Theodore appeared to be in the trick-or-treat mood early, making his Minnesota Wild debut Friday night in a mask that looked like it had been wrapped up mummy style. Turns out it has. After signing with the Wild just before the season started because scheduled backup Josh Harding tore up his knee in a preseason game, Thoedore was still waiting for his new Minnesota-themed mask to arrive from the painter. In the meantime he has wrapped up last season’s lid from the Washington Capitals with pieces of tape and splattered it liberally with Wild stickers, creating the mummy effect that as on display against the Canucks on Friday night, complete with frayed edges where the tape wraps over the edges of the mask. It’s easy to forgive Theodore for looking like something from the local beer league – and not just because his temporary set up is so perfectly suited to the fast-approaching candy and costumes season. The stylish 34-year-old veteran has more than earned the benefit of the doubt for the intricate gargoyle-themed masks he wore in Montreal and Colorado before appropriately subbing in bald eagles on both sides of his mask in Washington last season. Theodore’s helmets have long...

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Roloson’s new mask pays homage to Islanders legends

Dwayne Roloson gives a shout out to Billy Smith and “Chico” Resch New York goaltender Rick Dipietro stole most of the headlines by breaking out a new set of bright pink pads and matching gloves prior to Monday night’s game between the Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs. As good as Dipietro’s cause is in raising money and awareness for the Hockey Fights Cancer month, for pure aesthetics his playing partner, Dwayne Roloson, was a better story – and not because of a sometimes spectacular 29-save performance in a 2-1 overtime win over Toronto. Roloson also debuted a brand new orange and blue lid featuring tributes to Islanders greats Billy Smith on the right side, and Glen “Chico” Resch on the other. And while there was no word on whether or not the Smith image struck fear into any opponent that dared come near the New York crease, Roloson’s shout out to the past is certain to strike a more positive chord with Islanders fans everywhere. It’s also a nice continuation of a recent trend of tribute masks that, if the response here at InGoal Magazine is any indication, has been well received from goalies all over the world. The list began with Los Angeles Kings No.1 Jonathan Quick doing his best Rogie Vachon impersonation in the season opener, a story that generated another 10,000+ page views in just over...

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