Big Swedish goaltender Henrik Karlsson returns to Calgary needing to protect his backup job after losing it to Leland Irving for stretches last season, so it is perhaps appropriate his new Flames mask for the upcoming season has been dubbed Protector of the Throne.
Created by his longtime personal painter and fellow Swede David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, Karlsson’s new look combines a medieval theme on one side with a traditional, logo-based design on the other.
“The style of the artwork is inspired from kings, castles and knights, and Henrik is a knight protecting the net,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page.
“One side of the mask is old school, and the other side opens up and it becomes a waving knight scroll, and the scroll transforms into Flames of Calgary.”
That transformation on the left side is especially stunning, a variation of flames and waving flags, with what appears to be a knight staring out of the darkness along the edge. After you’ve checked out all the details in the photos of Karlsson’s new lid below, you can find more of Gunnarsson’s great artwork on both his website and on his Twitter feed.
And for all the new masks you can expect to see when the NHL season starts on Jan. 19, be sure to visit out InGoal’s mask page.