Canadien’s Condon Unveils Sleek New Mask
Montreal’s Mike Condon has been riding high in Carey Price’s absence, beginning his NHL career 6-0-1 to help the Canadiens maintain their place at the top of the NHL.
And the 25-year old has teamed up with Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt to ensure he’s doesn’t only look sharp when stopping pucks, unveiling this slick new mask design known as ‘The Wave’.
“The design is a tribute to his brother who is working at the ocean. And Mike also grew up by the ocean. So the ocean is truly special for Mike and his family.” Gunnarsson said on his Facebook page.
“Mike wanted the design to be inspired by and a tribute to the famous wave painting of Hokusai.”
Condon, who used MMA-training to help prepare for life as a pro goaltender, currently holds a league-leading 1.57 goals-against average and .940 save percentage, helping the Habs compile a 13-2-1 record to begin the new season.
The Holliston, Massachusetts native’s form has certainly been fortuitous for the Canadiens, with news emerging Carey price is seeking further evaluation on a lower body injury that saw him placed on the club’s injured reserve last week.
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Condon spent four years at Princeton University, graduating in 2013 before joining Ontario in the ECHL. His impressive performances with the Reign earned him a brief audition with the AHL Houston Aeros, but it was during the 2013/14 season his star began to rise after he went 23-12-4 with the ECHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Wheeling Nailers, posting a 2.18 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
A solid effort with Hamilton last term moved Condon up the Canadiens depth chart, beating Dustin Tokarski to the backup job prior to the new NHL season.
While Condon might not have expected to be the Canadien’s go-to-guy this early in his NHL career, there is no doubt he has seized the opportunity thus far – a significant boon to Michel Therrien’s side if Price is set to miss significant time through injury.
A fringe benefit of Price’s absence, and Condon’s success, is that Montreal’s #1 may earn a period of ‘R&R’ whilst his injury heals.
Price has played in 158 NHL games (regular season and playoffs) over the past two years, and backstopped Canada to Olympic gold in Sochi; so some early time off may leave the British Columbia native ‘fresher’ when the post season begins – something the Rangers benefited from after Henrik Lundqvist was forced to miss time through injury.
Cam Talbot’s play during the veteran Swede’s absence ensured Lundqvist was allowed proper time to heal, with the 33-year old appearing noticeably more energetic during the Rangers run to the Eastern Conference Finals as a result of the break.