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Crawford, Darling Unveil Winter Classic Masks

Chicago Blackhawks goaltenders Corey Crawford and Scott Darling have unveiled their special edition Winter Classic masks, ahead of the game against St. Louis on January 2nd at Busch Stadium.

Crawford has teamed up with Stéphane Bergeron of Griff Airbrush to produce a simple design that really stands out, with an old style goalie mask across the front, which wraps around on to the sides and top of the mask to make it appear as if Crawford is wearing one of the iconic face masks of years past.

The Blackhawks primary and alternate logos can be seen poking out from under the white mask on each side, with some red feathers also appearing on the crown, drawing a direct link to the mask designs Bergeron produced for Crawford in 2015 and 2016.

The Becancour, Québec based artist has worked with Crawford regularly over the years, also producing masks for Penguins duo Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fleury as well as Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo. You can find more of Bergeron’s great work on his website and Facebook page.

Crawford has been practising in his new mask this week, as well as breaking in his new ‘retro’ pads ready for Monday’s game against the Blues:

Scott Darling has once again teamed up with renowned artist Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt to produce a tribute mask celebrating the Chicago Cubs World Series victory.

“Scott knew exactly what he wanted on his Winter Classic mask” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page. “He is a huge baseball and Chicago Cubs fan, so after their amazing championship win he wanted to pay tribute to the Cubs on his Winter Classic mask.

“It was such a joy to create it. The design is Scott’s love story to the Cubs. A design in full sync with the Winter Classic jersey and logo. And on the top the mask is transformed into a baseball.”

“It is filled with details that are important to Scott. In the design you will find Scott’s favorite player, Anthony Rizzo, and also the legendary Cubs announcer Harry Caray.”

You can find more of Gunnarsson’s great work on his websiteTwitter feedFacebook page and Instagram. Meanwhile, check out these great close ups of Darling’s 2017 Winter Classic mask:

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of In Goal Magazine's editorial team, Rob is also the editor of the One Puck Short blog and host of the One Puck Short podcast . A former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL), Rob also writes for Today's Slapshot and has previously written for a number of other outlets, including the BBC.

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