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Orca Mask Unveiled by Canucks’ Markstrom

Orca Mask Unveiled by Canucks’ Markstrom

Markstrom celebrates with team mates after beating Columbus (via Canucks Instagram)

Markstrom celebrates with team mates after beating Columbus (Photo: @Canucks)

Vancouver’s Jacob Markstrom impressed in his season debut, turning away 42 shots in a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Arena.

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.

You can find more of Gunnarsson’s work on his website, Twitter feed, Facebook page and Instagram account. Meanwhile, check out these close ups of Markstrom’s new mask:

Markstrom Mask

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of In Goal Magazine's editorial team, Rob is also the editor of the One Puck Short blog and host of the One Puck Short podcast . A former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL), Rob also writes for Today's Slapshot and has previously written for a number of other outlets, including the BBC.

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