Condon Honours Belichick, Brady on Canadiens Mask
The NHL is taking over Gillette Stadium for the 2016 Winter Classic on Jan. 1 but the NFL’s New England Patriots will be well represented in their home stadium thanks to Montreal Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon, who grew up nearby as part of a “huge Patriots family.”
Condon told NHL.com his childhood house was “30 minutes from the stadium” while explaining the decision to honour the Patriots on the backplate of his new mask by Swedish painter David Gunnarsson of DaveArt with images of coach Bill Belichick, star quarterback Tom Brady, the four Super Bowls they ave won together, and the team logo, “Do Your Job.”
Gunnarsson captured all four in black and white to match the retro feel of the front of the mask, which features various Canadiens and Winter Classic logos and a matte finish.
“We wanted the design to be very old school and clean and epic, inspired from Habs Winter Classic uniform,” Gunnarsson wrote on the DaveArt Facebook Page. “To continue with the old school theme of the mask I created the paintings as old school drawings with a sketch pen.”
Condon may be playing for the enemy on New Year’s Day in Boston, but the local product is bound to win over some Bruins fans with his tribute to the Patriots. It was a natural fit given his fandom, which includes past access to Gillette Stadium as a kid because his father, Ted, is a Massachusetts State Trooper who did security work for the NFL team.
“My dad used to work security details for the Pats, so I spent a lot of time at Gillette Stadium,” Condon told NHL.com.