The Best of the NHL’s Scary Halloween Masks
The ever-talented Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush has created a new mask for Milwaukee Admirals netminder Mark Visentin – and it’s perfect for the spooky, scary theme of Halloween.
Take a look:
“Mark wanted a big skull on his mask, so we decided to go with a high-detailed skull,” Marsolais told InGoal.
“We wanted the skull to look like the team logo with the big admiral hat… and the ‘A’ sewn onto it! It was a really cool project to work on; we generally don’t have a lot of demands for skulls and stuff like that, but we really enjoy those kinds of projects!”
Sure enough, the mask is spooky and nautical all wrapped into one. There’s an almost Pirates of the Carribbean aura about the Admiral on the mask; the skeleton that normally features on the team logo is given a frightening twist with incredible artistic detail.
Finally, Visentin’s nickname is scripted along the bottom, written in bones, to complete the spooky theme.
Take a look at the other sides of the mask:
With this new mask debuting in time for the Halloween season, InGoal decided to take a look back at some of our other favorite spooky masks from over the years. Here are a few of the best designs to pop up in the last handful of seasons:
Kevin Poulin, New York Islanders
Back in 2013, Kevin Poulin – then of the New York Islanders – debuted a zombie-themed mask from Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt just in time for Halloween. From Gunnarsson:
“Kevin Poulin wanted something really, really scary on his new New York Islanders mask, something very badass with zombies, something never done before,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page. “As you know, the only way to stop a zombie is to kill the brain, and here is when Old Sparky can be in handy. Look closely on the chin of the mask, there you find the power switch, and it is turned on … Holy smokes, even the eye of the zombie pops out.”
Jean-Philippe Lamoureux, Abbotsford Heat
This one’s a throwback – but still a super cool, horror-movie-themed design that frightened as much as it fascinated when minor leaguer Jean-Philippe Lamoreux debuted it in his call-up to Abbotsford back in 2010.
Designed by Darin Drummer from Darkside Tattoo in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Lamoreux’s mask featured tributes to The Hills Have Eyes and Jennifer’s Body on either side of the mask, with a healthy dose of brains and blood splattered in the background to give the whole design a foreboding aura.
Gary Bromley, Vancouver Canucks
We’re throwing back even farther with this one, but it’s an absolute classic.
Bromley was in one of his final NHL seasons when he debuted this frightening skull mask, but it stands out as one of the best Halloween-inspired lids donned by a netminder across the decades – and it wasn’t even a nod at the holiday. Instead, this mask – which paid homage to Bromley’s nickname, ‘Bones’ – was done for everyday wear. The old style of mask lent itself perfectly to creating a chilling (but exquisitely created) piece of artwork for facing down shooters.
Jason Bacashihua, Colorado Avalanche
Back in 2010-11, Jason Bacashihua – who spent his time up and down between Colorado and the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters – paid tribute to one of his favorite horror films with a Jason-inspired mask honoring Friday the 13th.
On the top is just a headshot of Jason, but the really cool part of the mask is along the side. There, you can see the Jason character standing in a Team USA hockey jersey.
Like Bromley, though, this mask isn’t specifically designed for Halloween proper. Instead, this is a theme on all of Bacashihua’s masks:
“Growing up I was able to watch all of the [Friday the 13th movies],” he said. “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 got my first painted helmet. It’s been him ever since, through all the different paint jobs.”
Karri Ramo, Calgary Flames
We’ll wrap up our list of the best spooky masks with this chilling tribute to Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem ‘The Raven’, depicted on Calgary Flames netminder Karri Ramo’s mask from a few years ago.
Painted by HeadStrongGrafx, the mask includes a quote from the poem along the back edge: “And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor shall be lifted – nevermore!”