Jonathan Bernier reveals latest lion mask for Avalanche
Jonathan Bernier is nothing if not a creature of habit when it comes to his mask designs.
Whether he’s opting for a vintage feel or something new and modern, the Quebecois goaltender is a strong believer in the power of being a Leo. His masks dating back to his tenure with the Los Angeles Kings have all featured a powerful, regal lion design (similar to the one he has as a tattoo) – and although he’s on to his fourth NHL club this year, that’s something that won’t be changing.
Bernier and his long-time mask artist, Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt, revealed his new Colorado Avalanche design on Thursday morning, with Gunnarsson sharing the work via Instagram.
Take a look:
It is with a great joy we present the new Colorado mask painting for my friend Jonathan Bernier🥅😊. Jonathan and I have been working together for more than a decade💪🏻🎨. I am always so exited to paint a new lion🦁 design for Jonathan. Thank you Jonathan for your trust in my paintings, I am so happy and thankful to be your painting wingman🙏🏻😊. Jonathan's new mask is a true Storyteller mask📕 with the lion in focus and the mask story continues all over the creation. And the closer you come🔍 the deeper into the story you come. And as the true Avalanche❄️ painting it is, it is loaded with action🏔, and for sure all the DaveArt Trademark Super FX✨ is unleashed all over the Rocky Mountains. @jobernier45 @coloradoavalanche #DaveArt #nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity @nhl #DaveArtTheMaskNerd 🤓
This year, the mask gets a snow lion theme, with stark color/greyscale contrast between the Avalanche designs and the lion in its customary spot on the top of the mask.
The CCM lid is snow-spattered, although the Avalanche logo itself isn’t a feature used, with Gunnarsson rather opting to give the overall design the team’s color scheme to tie it to Bernier’s new club. It’s a mix of bright and subtle, classic and new, as the former Toronto Maple Leafs starter tries to get a fresh start of his own.
What may be the most intriguing part of the mask, of course, is the chin.
Bernier went with his customary tradition of putting his number on the chin plate, with an iceberg-inspired ’45’ keeping up the Avalanche theme. What makes it interesting, though, is that Mark Barberio was 45 for the Colorado team last year – so unless Bernier wasn’t aware of his teammate already holding claim to his customary number, that’s a sign that the team is making a little switch this year.
Bernier will look to bring the .915 save percentage he boasted last season when he debuts this year as backup for Semyon Varlamov.