Jake ‘the Snake’ Allen gets new mask for Blues
With the new season rapidly approaching, NHL goaltenders have started rolling out their new lids for the year – and St. Louis Blues starter Jake Allen, fresh off a new long-term extension inked this summer, is no exception to the rule.
Jason Livery of Jason Livery’s Head Strong Grafx collaborated once again with the netminder to produce a new mask design for his upcoming season, which takes Allen’s “Jake the Snake” nickname and brings it to the front and center while also paying tribute to the team’s 50th anniversary:
“We wanted to do something simple yet fun,” Livery told InGoal.
He and Allen pulled in the horizontal line design from Allen’s Vaughn pads to tie the mask to the pad design, he suggested, then made sure to put the 50th anniversary logo on the mask as well.
As with most of his masks for the starter, Livery put a Blues logo on one side of the mask in prominent, dark contrast to the mask’s other colors.
Where Allen has put a second Blues logo in the past, though, this design sees a departure from that – with the addition of an homage to his serpentine nickname.
The snake Livery splashed across the side of the mask (via designer Dennis Simone) pays homage to an old friend that Allen fans may remember well. Head Strong Grafx continued to draw ties to the serpent from a December 2014 mask, which the design team brought to life for the Blues netminder based on a fan creation – but this time, the snake (who has since guarded the back of Allen’s mask as the eyes in the back of his head) is a more focal part of the mask’s design.
Finally, there’s a fleur-de-lis on the top of the mask, which pays respect to the city of St. Louis; the symbol is a focal point in the city’s official flag.
Here are a couple behind-the-scenes looks at the mask as it was being created:
For those who hoped to see some kind of throwback logo incorporated into the design, Livery confirmed that the team’s absence of a third alternate jersey this year made that tough – but did confirm that he’ll be rolling out some designs for the Winter Classic, which should pay homage to an older logo. There may even be a live mask design created at the event for charity – so keep an eye out!