The Washington Capitals unleashed Braden Holtby on the hockey world two playoffs ago, and the young goaltender hasn’t looked back, taking over the No.1 job and earning an invite to Canada’s Olympic orientation camp.
As he prepares for his second season as the Capitals’ starter, however, Holtby would like to keep a certain iconic bird caged up for a while longer, at least on his new mask from painter David Gunnarsson of DaveArt.
“Holtby wanted his new Washington Capitals mask to be something truly unique. So we transformed it into a birdcage,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page, noting it’s important to pay special heed to the sign below the caged eagle on the left side of the mask that reads “PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMAL.”
“This bald eagle must be really dangerous, cause it is not only in a birdcage, the birdcage is also a quarantine,” Gunnarsson wrote, noting the padlock and sign on the right side. “He seems infected by something dangerous, he is drooling … Or he is just very mad … Lucky us that birdcage looks quite strong, and the padlock seems pretty strong … But we can´t be sure… Stay away.”
Clearly, the famed Swedish mask painter had fun with Holtby’s new CCM mask.