It should come as no surprise that Ilya Bryzgalov let his kids have a hand in designing one of his masks.
Bryzgalov has done so before, including his last lid with the Edmonton Oilers, which featured art from the goalies children on each side.
For his latest mask with the Minnesota Wild, however, artist Stephane Bergeron of Griffe Airbrush in Quebec converted the drawings produced by Bryzgalov’s kids into realistic looking characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog video game.
The forehead continues the use of the primary Wild logo that appeared on Bryzgalov’s first Minnesota mask after the early March trade from Edmonton, ending any jokes about Bryzgalov’s infamous “fear” of bears (if that logo is indeed a bear). There are several “tear” marks coming through the mask from the “Wild” creature. and the goaltender’s nickname, “Bryz,” is scrawled stylishly across the chin.
Add it all up and it’s a simple but stylish mask that will stand out from a distance for its ties to the team, with another nice personal touch with a new twist for the Russian goalie.