Corey Crawford goes vintage with World Cup mask
Airbrush mask artist Stephane Bergeron of Griff Airbrush is no stranger to taking Corey Crawford’s desires and bringing them to life on his masks; he’s created everything from Crawford’s outdoor masks to his design for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Now, he’s back at it with the Blackhawks goaltender’s design for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, set to begin this September. Here’s our first look:
Bergeron told InGoal that Crawford didn’t ask for much – just to keep the design ‘vintage’ in overall appearance, similar to his black mask with the artist. Sure enough, Bergeron delivered in spades, offering up his second World Cup design (he also designed Team North America goaltender Matt Murray’s mask for the tournament).
The mask is similar to Crawford’s design for Sochi (unfairly never seen on Olympic ice), with the Team Canada maple leaf logo scattered around the mask to create a patterned background. As with a number of his masks, the design has Crawford’s number – 50 – painted in lieu of his name on the chin, with a modified version of the new Canada logo (created exclusively for the World Cup of Hockey) filling in the zero of the number.
With a predominantly greyscale and white design, the mask’s only color comes from the various leaf outlines and the bars of the mask’s cage, making the patterns pop – nothing new for Crawford and Bergeron when it comes to the masks the two have thought up in the past.
The World Cup of Hockey will officially begin on September 17th with the preliminary round, which will take place in Toronto.