Jack Campbell John F. Kennedy Mask left sideJack Campbell has given Dallas another memorial to John F. Kennedy.

Campbell’s new Dallas Stars mask honours the 35th President, who was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. The city is also the location of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

According to Swedish painter David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, Campbell “wanted a very patriotic design.”

“We wanted to do a patriotic design in a new way, we started to brainstorm,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page. “What can be more American than a President design, and more precise a tribute to the legendary American President John F. Kennedy.”

The patriotism certainly fits for Campbell, whose first mask this season featured Navy Seals because he wanted to be one if not for goaltending. This time he paid tribute to Kennedy, whose administration is credited with creating the Navy Seals in 1961, with a beautiful collection of images and symbols.

In addition to the central images of JFK’s profile, the official White House portrait and Kennedy at work in The Oval Office, the new mask includes quotes from one of his many iconic speeches, his signature, the Presidential Seal, and the USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier.

You can find more of Gunnarsson’s great artwork on both his website and on his Twitter feed, but for now enjoy the close-ups of Campbell’s JFK tribute:

 

Jack Campbell John F. Kennedy Mask left side

 

Jack Campbell John F. Kennedy Mask right top

 

Jack Campbell John F. Kennedy Mask right

 

Jack Campbell John F. Kennedy Mask Poster

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7 Responses to JFK Tribute on Jack Campbell Dallas Stars Mask

  1. Warren Shapiro says:

    In a short a sweet comment “Nice touch Jack” but do players know who he was.

  2. kevin smith says:

    how long did it take for the city of Dallas to shed the stigma of being the city where a President was assassinated? Has the city shed it?
    this is a very odd way to represent your place with the Dallas Stars.
    I wonder what Jack would’ve done had he been playing in the German League.

    • Kevin, Admittedly I’m a Canadian so perhaps I have no place sharing my thoughts on this but…I think Jack is a proud American and JFK was a widely loved and respected President. I actually see the confidence to use this as suggesting the stigma HAS been shed. Save for the name of the city, there is nothing on this connecting it with the assassination. As for the German League – perhaps he would choose to use a widely loved and respected German – certainly not the person you are inferring. I don’t think that’s a fair comparison.

  3. Future pro 7 years………. Go jack go…..

  4. Paint job is in poor taste, IMO.

    Perhaps a comparable would be Quick having a shot of Robert Kennedy on his mask since he was assassinated in Los Angeles.

    Or Rinne having a picture of MLK on his mask since he was assissinated in Tennessee.

    Unless someone can point out a reasonable connection of JFK to Campbell or Dallas beyond the obvious location of his assassination I will stand corrected.

  5. Craig Andrew says:

    I agree with the sentiments above. My first thought was “really?” JFK was assasinated in Dallas why would you put that on the mask. Dallas has many other positive images to draw on. I can’t understand why someone would go this route.

  6. Eric says:

    I agree the taste is in question but I think he was going honoring the 50 yr anniversary of the assignation. While at first I also thought that was distasteful, I wonder if a Washington Capitals goalie would wear a 9/11 pentagon attack mask on a major anniversary. I think the emotional impact jfk’s death had on the nation would be comparable to 9/11’s (although drastically different in many other ways).

    I think all in all… wouldve been better move to just skip this one. maybe a nice tribute on twitter wouldve sufficed.

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