The best part about having so many outdoor games during the 2013-14 NHL campaign may all the extra mid-season goalie masks and gear being produced.
Put Jonathan Bernier’s new Winter Classic mask near the top of a growing list. The Toronto Maple Leafs stopped paid homage to pond hockey on his new mask painted by Swedish artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, with kids playing outside on both sides of the mask.
“The design is a tribute to the origin of true hockey, kids playing hockey on a pond,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page. “Golden memories from our childhood. … Kids are playing on the pond with their friends and in the goal is a parent, and lots and lots of details in the background creates a nice depth to the design.”
Gunnarsson said the entire design, which includes the actual Winter Classic logo, was designed to fit with the jerseys the Leafs will wear in the big game against the Detroit Red Wings.