Fleury’s Mask Puts Flower in ‘Jacques Plante’ Pot
Marc-Andre Fleury put on new twist on his old nickname, Flower, for his Pittsburgh Penguins mask for the upcoming season.
Painted again by Fleury’s long-time artist Stephane Bergeron of Griff Airbrush, the new CCM mask features a flower wearing an old-school goalie mask on the forehead, with the eyes glowing blue through the mask and the petals flowing out from the middle like hair.
“Just switched it up a little this year,” the always smiling Fleury said while showing off the new mask at the CCM Reebok Goalie Summit this week in Montreal. “It’s just a big flower with an old Jacques Plante-type of mask on top and ‘Pittsburgh’ on the bottom.”
Fleury had two masks painted by Bergeron last season: one for Pittsburgh’s third jersey that featured hockey cards of Penguins icons Michel Dion and Tom Barrasso on either side, and a Steel City-themed mask with a metal Penguin, billet aluminum and rivets painted all over.
In addition to “Pittsburgh” along the chin, Fleury kept the Steel City tribute with rivets on his new mask, and inserted both his No.29 and his nickname, “Flower,” on opposite sides within the flower petals.
Things get more even personal on the backplate, with his three-month old daughter’s name, Estelle, painted in pink on one side, the initials of his grandparents who passed away at the bottom, and a personalized logo on the right side featuring a Fleur de Lis, a Canadian Maple Leaf, a cartoon frog, and the Stanley Cup.
For more great artwork from Bergeron, you can check out his Griff Airbrush website and his Facebook page, or follow the complete progression of his work for Fleury here at InGoal, with masks from 2008-2009, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and the two masks from last year linked above. In the meantime, enjoy the latest: