Josh Harding Toque Mask Minnesota Goalie-3We’ve loved the mask designs of Josh Harding, last season’s Masterton Trophy winner, for years now, as the Wild stopper has always been amongst the most original in his artwork – created each year by Minnesota artist Todd Miska of Miska Designs.

While most goaltenders represent just their team or their personal design on their masks, Harding has something different up his sleeve each year. These include a classic mask to raise breast cancer awareness, a tribute to his grandmother, one that paid tribute to his old buddies playing pond hockey, another for favourite band Rascal Flatts, and even one that was a tribute to all the Minnesota masks Miska created over the years. Harding and Miska always team up for something creative.

Josh Harding and Todd Miska

Artist Todd Miska, presents Josh Harding with his mask for the 2013-2014 season.

This year they have a simple design that works well for a state that is as familiar to cold winters and pond hockey as Canadian Harding would be from his days growing up in Regina, Saskatchewan. Miska has painted a ‘toque,’ the classically, even stereotypically, Canadian knitted winter hat.

At one time it might have seemed out of place on a goalie mask, until then-Montreal goaltender Jose Theodore skated out for the inaugural Winter Classic with a red and blue toque fitted over top of his mask, something he may have topped style-wise in an outdoor practice for fans as a member of the Minnesota Wild – where he wore sunglasses under his lid.

This impressive design has been painted in a style that reflects the woollen texture of the toque, complete with a Bauer logo which appears sewn on and even the classic ‘pom pom’ on top. We’d love to see more goalies with Theodore’s actual toque on top, but with those reserved only for outdoor games, this might be the next best thing.

For more great work from Todd Miska check out his web site, and follow him @ToddMiska on Twitter, or click on any photo in the gallery below to see full-sized images of Harding’s new toque mask:

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8 Responses to Harding goes with Toque in new Minnesota Mask Design

  1. DSM says:

    Very nice surprising it’s not more commonly used as a design.

  2. Moe says:

    This is like a winter classic mask, with the toque and the snowflakes on the bottom..

  3. Ian Wotherspoon says:

    s many people already know but I’m sure there are a lot who don’t know. Jacques Plante used to not only wear a tougue when he played but he knitted them. It was only when he joined the Montreal Canadiens that he was told that he couldn’t wear it any longer. I don’t beleive anyone has done this previously. With everything that has been incorportated into painting the goalie mask it’s a sunbeam on a cloady day when you see something like this.

  4. David Hutchison says:

    Thanks for the comment Ian…great to add in this important bit of history I should have remembered! Plante has always been one of my favorites.

    Keep the positive comments coming!

  5. Warren Shapiro says:

    Is it that cold on the ice or is it cold in Minnesota. Maybe one year you can wear it at a “Winter Classic” Also I hope you stay healthy this year, GOOD LUCK.

  6. J. Ryan says:

    Great mask! Technically, Jose Theodore wore the toque in the Heritage Classic in Edmonton, not the inaugural Winter Classic

  7. Read says:

    Is there anyone selling toques that look like what’s painted on the mask?

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