Stephane Bergeron of La Griffe Originale has released his latest mask for new Flyers’ No. 1 Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bergeron has been painting for Bryz for years now and we always loved Bryzgalov’s Phoenix Coyotes’ mask, which was the only one to include artwork by a goalie’s own young children. While his kids didn’t make the cut this time, the design and detail work is fantastic on his new Flyers’ helmet. As for his choice of subject matter, much like the goaltender himself it is … well … interesting, to say the least, and proving to be a real conversation starter online.
Knowing the always quotable Bryzgalov, whose past masks have included everything from Daffy Duck to a Christmas tree with present underneath, there’s a good reason for using the gazing tiger. Bergeron told InGoal, “Well it’s Bryz’s idea. The tiger is the emblem of Russia, called the ‘Amur‘.”
Bergeron drew several versions for Bryz and this is the one he and, it turns out, Bergeron chose to use. Entirely painted by hand with the airbrush, the detail work is impressive, to say the least.