Jeff Zatkoff honors Rogie Vachon with anniversary mask
The Montreal Canadiens are gearing up to honor goaltender Rogie Vachon tonight – but they aren’t the only ones paying tribute to him this year.
Sylvie Marsolais of mask design airbrush company Sylabrush gave InGoal a sneak preview at Jeff Zatkoff’s new mask, which honors Vachon as a part of the team’s 50th anniversary celebration this year.
From Marsolais, here’s a bit more on the design:
“Here’s a mask we painted for Jeff Zatkoff LA Kings 3rd jersey (50th anniversary). Jeff always want the team logo and names to be predominant on each of his mask. For the 50th anniversary jersey we wanted to pay tribute to the Kings great ones, as you can see Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille on one side and on the other side you can see Rogatien Vachon with the old crown Kings logo with a matte finish.”
The mask is being debuted at a perfect time, as Zatkoff just came off of injured reserve for the Kings – where both he and starter Jonathan Quick have sat for the last few weeks.
It gives the fans a look back at the storied history of the first NHL franchise to hit Southern California, decades before roller hockey would help the sport explode on the West Coast. It pays tribute to Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille – two of the biggest skater names in Kings history – but also to the iconic Vachon, who spent most of the 1970’s in net for the Pacific Division club.
He’s a former Vezina winner and one-time head coach of the Kings, back in his first years off the ice. Now, he’s headed for the Hockey Hall of Fame – something he learned of just this June.
That’s just looking at his NHL-at-large career, though. Prior to Quick, he was one of the most storied goaltenders in Kings history.
Starting with the year he was dealt to the Kings, Vachon won team MVP four times consecutively, earning two All-Star team appearances and coming in second in Vezina voting once. He boasts the team record for the Kings in franchise games played (389), and spent significant time on the franchise leaderboard for total shutouts recorded (32), shutouts in a single season (8), and lowest single-season GAA. His number, 30, was the first to be retired by the franchise back in 1985.
Here are a few more looks at the mask: