Carey Price has a new mask for the 2013-14 season – or at least the start of it.
When it comes to masks, few unveil more new designs each season than Price. Fittingly he is working with the most prolific artist in the game, Swedish painter David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, who notes there “will be many more new Carey Price masks to present, and very soon.”
This isn’t to suggest the Canadiens’ star stopper is a fashion diva – no other goaltender in the NHL has leveraged his lids for charitable works more than Price, raising tens of thousands of dollars to help others.
As Gunnarsson noted on his Facebook page, Price’s first mask this season maintains the “clean and classic design” from the mask he finished in last season, “breathing old school” with the blend of new and vintage Canadiens logos.
“I just love to come up with new ideas and paint and create in this retro style,” Gunnarsson wrote, noting the mask is “loaded” with his trademark effects, from Holographics to 3D PaintTech and more. “Stuff you can only see when you come really close. A design that works in all angles and both up close in the TV cameras as on a distance.”
Goalies will also note the big change on the forehead of Price’s mask – a CCM logo that indicates the Habs standout has joined fellow NHL goalies like Corey Crawford, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Jonathan Bernier and Marc-Andre Fleury by switching to the same Michel Lefevre-shaped CCM Pro mask that goaltenders everywhere can also buy.
You can find more of Gunnarsson’s great artwork on both his website and on his Twitter feed. In the meantime enjoy trying to find more of that up-close detail he mentions in the close ups of Price’s new mask below: