Jonathan Bernier’s New Toronto Maple Leafs Mask
Jonathan Bernier was all smiles as he donned original-six blue for the first time and debuted his new Toronto Maple Leafs mask – as well as a new set of retro-themed pads – at the Reebok CCM Goalie Summit in Montreal. Painted once again by popular Swedish artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, Bernier maintained the dominant Lion image atop his mask – he is a Leo and has the same design featured prominently atop a large tattoo that now covers an entire arm – from his days with the Los Angeles Kings. “I had a good conversation with DaveArt,” Bernier said. “We’ve always had the Lion on top for my sign and he wanted to keep it. He said ‘that’s you and we need to keep that even if you are in Toronto,’ and I agreed and we just added the Leafs logo on the side – old school – with a bunch of small logos in the shading on the side just like he did with my L.A. helmet. It’s pretty much the same. We just switched the colours and logos.” The palm trees along the jaw line have been replaced by small Leafs logos, and Bernier’s No.45 remains stands out a little more on the chin atop a maple leaf, but he left little doubt he was coming to Toronto to try and take the No.1 job from James Reimer, something that has been a consistent theme since he was traded out from under the shadow of Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles. “I just want to go in there and be confident and act like I am the No.1 guy,” Bernier said. Look for more from Bernier on his summer practice routine, as well as some on-ice video, and more insights into the new CCM mask he has been wearing since last season (Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Corey Crawford and Marc Andre Fleury have all switched too) in future articles here at InGoal. In the meantime, enjoy his new mask from DaveArt, which includes praying hands on the backplate and initials of friends and family he has lost on the inside of the chin. “That is for all the people that I think about before the game, and there are names inside of people that passed away and I always think about them before a game,” Bernier said.