Orca Mask Unveiled by Canucks’ Markstrom
After missing 15 games with a hamstring injury, it was a welcome return to action for Markstrom, who wore his new Vaughan by Pro Choice mask during the win.
The 25-year old teamed up with Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt to produce a striking design inspired by the Canucks’ orca logo.
“Force Of Nature, that is the name of Jacob Markström´s new Vancouver Canucks design.” Gunnarsson said on his Facebook page. “And that is exactly what the design is, it is inspired from the insane power of the Orcas, crashing out from the water.”
And the Canucks will certainly be hoping Markstrom can develop in to a force between the pipes for them.
Once one of the highest rated goaltending prospects in the league, Markstrom struggled to cement a place in Florida’s lineup and was traded to the Canucks in 2014 as part of the deal which saw Roberto Luongo return to Sunrise.
The young Swede was unable to supplant Ryan Miller and Eddie Lack as the the Canucks first choice pairing however, playing just three NHL games during the 2014/2015 season, posting a .879 save percentage and 3.08 goals-against average.
Despite his struggles, the Gavle, Sweden native posted good numbers for the AHL Utica Comets last term and signed a 2-year extension in the summer. Markstrom received a further boost during the offseason when he was handed a golden opportunity to repair his battered reputation and prove he is a legitimate long term successor to current #1 Ryan Miller after Eddie Lack traded to Carolina.
Markstrom’s performance in Ohio certainly showed signs of improvement in his game, even after missing the opening month of the season, and extended his NHL career record to 14-28-5 – something he will look to better significantly during the coming months.