Montreal-based artist David Leroux ‘s work can be seen on the masks of NHL puck-stoppers like Ray Emery and Jaroslav Halak, and next month it will appear on the mask of Canadian Olympian Geneviève Lacasse.
As InGoal recently reported, painting Olympic masks can be fraught with challenges artists don’t normally experience, where national symbols, the Olympic Rings, and even the same names that appear on the back of their jerseys are forbidden. Yet, there is still plenty of room for personal expression, as Leroux has shown here. Lacasse asked him to “have some funny Canadian mascots,” Leroux noted in an email to InGoal, adding “so she said that the moose and the beaver were the best choices and we added a good old lumberjack shirt to the beaver to make it look even more Canadian!”
Leroux wanted the mask to stand out, pointing out that he assumed “that pretty much all the Canadian goalies would go for mostly white masks (world juniors, men’s Olympics and women Olympics ) so I told her we should probably go with something more original that would match the new black team Canada jersey. Plus, the players have black helmets, pants and gloves so I thought it make her even more look like the rest of the team.”
While the three women named as goaltenders on the Canadian team for the Sochi games have been in season-long battle for playing time, it’s impressive to see they have also come together as a unit. As Leroux pointed out in describing the backplate, traditionally the place reserved for the most personal of a goaltender’s chosen symbols, “the three goalies came up with a 1-2-3 logo that represent the STICK TOGETHER attitude they have!”