Jon Gillies hints at smoke before the fire with Flames mask
Jon Gillies is hoping to become the goaltender of the future for the Calgary Flames – and his new mask is the perfect way to represent the things to come.
The 23-year-old collaborated with Swedish mask artist Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt, working together to envision a masterpiece inspired not by the flames from a fire itself, but from the smoke that warns of the flames themselves:
Welcome Jon Gillies to the DaveArt Squad🔥! It was so exciting to paint and create Jon’s new Flames mask🔥. We wanted to create a Flames mask in a new way👊🏻… An idea came to me, how about create the mask as a sequel based on a Flames mask, not build it on flames, instead build it on the result of flames: Smoke🌫! We brainstormed around that concept and came up with a Storyteller design solution with dark smoke in focus on a white base📕. I made some test drawings, and I got green light from Jon to start🚦. The layout has a very old school feeling, with close connection to Jon’s pads. It resulted in a retro mask look mixed with modern effects, and for sure lots of sweet DaveArt Trademark Super FX✨. Thanks Jon, I am so proud to be your personal artist🙏🏻👊🏻🎨. @jgillies32 @nhlflames @ahlheat #DaveArt 🤓 #nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity @nhl #DaveArtTheStoryteller @theahl
“We wanted to create a Flames mask in a new way,” Gunnarsson wrote, via Instagram.
“An idea came to me, how about create the mask as a sequel based on a Flames mask, not build it on flames, instead build it on the result of flames: Smoke!”
The mask is designed with the smoke in mind, drawing from Gillies’ gear setup for the year to get the overall feel and layout. It boasts a fiery panel through the top and onto the chin, but offers a stark contrast to the red background with a white-out Calgary logo on each side and realistic-looking smoke plumes coming out of the ‘C’ itself.
Gillies is off to a hot start this season, boasting a .912 save percentage through two games already played in the AHL with the Stockton Heat.
He’ll need something to go wrong for either Eddie Lack or Mike Smith in order to get the nod to move up, but his solid performance at the AHL level suggests that his time could be coming soon; even if he doesn’t get more than a game or two this year, he could earn the backup gig within the next handful of seasons.