Check out the InGoal piece on Roloson’s custom made Warrior Pads
After making his Lightning debut in his old New York Islanders helmet, Tampa Bay’s Dwayne Roloson has been playing in a plain, all-white helmet with Lightning stickers.
While we appreciate an understated look as much as the next goalie (no one does Darth Vader better than Jonas Hiller in Anaheim), thankfully Roloson’s ill-suited blank canvas should come to an end with his next start.
A new Promasque “Thor, God of Thunder” helmet has just been packed and sent down to Tampa Bay by Roloson’s artist, Jesse Acciacca of Jesse’s Custom Design.
Here is a more in-depth description of the mask, In Jesse’s own words:
The new paint job is inspired by Thor the god of Thunder and Lightning. I tried to get away from most of the paint styles used on other goalies that have played for Tampa. All Blue with lightning and some characters. It is a Full Thor Helmet with his Hammer striking down on backplate. Roli’s name on chin as we have always done.
Enjoy more images of Jesse’s work below, and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out InGoal Magazine’s breakdown of the trade (and with two shutouts of Washington already in the race for the Southeast Division we’re looking good so far), as well as our feature on Roloson’s long, winding road from a kick-save stand-up college goalie to one of the NHL’s more aggressive butterfly technicians. And while we liked the addition of Roloson in Tampa Bay, we are lamenting the loss of his tribute mask to past Islanders greats like Billy Smith, which was also painted by Jesse, so be sure to check out our images of that now retired orange and blue mask.