St. Louis Blues puck-stopping prospect Jordan Binnington is making the jump to pro hockey in style with a new mask sure to turn heads.
That’s because it features the head of the Will Smith from his The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air days boldly on the left side.
Binnington has long listed the TV show as his favourite – despite the fact it he was born in 1993, midway through its six-year run.
“Outside of the TV show, from what I see he is a self-driven individual who knows what he wants in life,” Binnington wrote InGoal when asked to expand on his mask choice. “I couldn’t name one movie I haven’t enjoyed with him in it. Every movie or show has a purpose. The tv show is so creative, I’m laughing out loud every episode. So to sum it all up I just feel we’d be best friends.”
Painted by Jason Livery of HeadStrongGrafx, the rest of Binnington’s new mask is predominantly Chicago Wolves themes, as the 20-year-old, who was drafted 88th by St. Louis in 2011, slots into the pro ranks behind incumbents Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott and Jake Allen on the Blues depth chart.
Binnington, who finished his junior career with a couple of World Junior Championship appearances for Team Canada and as the Ontario Hockey League’s top goaltender in 2013, has a bold Wolves logo on the forehead, with the city skyline stretching out across both sides, above the Fresh Prince on the left, and the words “Chicago Wolves” splattered over a brick wall on the right.
The backplate features a subtle map of the world with his name and “My World” in hand writing.