Donkey Kong Out to Steal the Stanley Cup on Gibson’s New Mask
Anaheim Ducks’ goaltender John Gibson has teamed up with Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt to bring one of pop cultures most memorable characters to the NHL on a brand new mask.
Legendary video game character Donkey Kong is the ‘Raider of the Cup’ in this awesome new design, complete with his iconic barrels tumbling towards the bottom of the mask.
“John Gibson’s latest Ducks bucket is here!” Gunnarsson announced on his Facebook page. “His masks continues the pixelated path and pays tribute to old school video games with lots of pixels”
“Donkey Duck is a goalie with a Ducks mask.” Gunnarsson explained “He is on top of the mask, his goal is to get that Stanley Cup, you can find it behind him, of course in a pixelated style!”
Donkey Kong first appeared in 1981, as the antagonist in one of video gaming’s most famous arcade titles. He has since appeared in numerous video games including Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country and even Banjo-Kazooie. Donkey Kong Country also spawned a TV show of the same name, which aired in the US in 1998 and ran for two seasons.
This is not the first time Gibson has featured a retro character from gaming’s golden era, having had Pac-Man appear on a previous design.
The 22-year old has assembled a 22-16-8 record this season, helping the Ducks recover from a sluggish start to surge to the top of the Pacific Division in recent weeks. Gibson currently holds a 2.04 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.
The Pittsburgh native signed a 3-year contract extension in September worth $6.9 million. The new deal kicks in at the start of next season.