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Gen Lacasse Canadian Olympic Hockey Goalie Mask 4

Gen Lacasse Canadian Olympic Hockey Goalie Mask 4

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!”

For more from David Leroux, please visit his web site and follow him on Facebook

Gen Lacasse Canadian Olympic Hockey Goalie Mask 4 Gen Lacasse Canadian Olympic Hockey Goalie Mask 4

Gen Lacasse Canadian Olympic Hockey Goalie Mask 4

Gen Lacasse Canadian Olympic Hockey Goalie Mask 4

 

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4 Responses to Geneviève Lacasse Canadian Olympic Mask

  1. mark says:

    Love it!! man o man thats the best one ever– need to get mine painted

  2. Ian Wotherspoon says:

    Now this is a wonderful piece of Art, great job David Leroux. I really like the goofy looking Beaver with his lumberjack shirt holding a Canadian Flag along with the goofy looking Moose on the other side with a good sized rack on top of his head. When I saw the two cartoons it put a BIG smile on my face and my first thot was those are the two animals we are known most for here in Canada – good choice. Other than the cartoon characters, I really like the design of the large Maple leaf as well as the gold trim along the borders, it finishes it off exquisitely. At first I thot it was Goald Leaf but I don’t believe it is. I was wondering what the 1 – 2 – 3 symbol stood for but after I read what had been written about the mask then I knew and I think that’s truly awesome. If more players and goalies could get along like that you never know what might happen on a team.
    Very classy looking and I can’t wait to see it out on the ice.
    Superb artwork David, it’s amazing. The way I see it, this mask has got to be one of the best if not the best of them all.

  3. Pierre Choiniere says:

    I know Genvie for many years, and it’s the best artwork she ever had. It’s 100% her !

  4. Nathalie Saviolidis says:

    this is totally Geneviève. She always remembers that hockey is for fun. Keep smiling.

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