Eddie Lack Stadium Series Equipment for InGoal (2 of 13)Eddie Lack made sure his new pads and gloves from Brian’s Custom Sports were a perfect match to the 1915 Vancouver Millionaire uniforms that the Vancouver Canucks will wear against the Ottawa Senators during the outdoor Heritage Classic game on Sunday.

But the happy-go-lucky rookie backup saved room on his matching mask to honour his fellow Swedish Canucks.

Painted again by Swedish artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, Lack’s new outdoor game mask features portraits of Markus Naslund and Mattias Ohlund on the left side, with Thomas Gradin and Johan Hedberg on the other. Instead of a portrait, however, Hedberg is represented by his famous Moose mask, which was also painted by Gunnarsson.

Missing from the front of the mask, however, are Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

Turns out they got relegated to the backplate, along with Lack’s dad and the Swedish Chef from the Muppets.

“I explained to Henrik they are still active players and once they retire, they are in the front,” Lack said with a smile.

The chin of the mask features an Orca painted in the style of Haida Gwaii artists, a nod to a preseason trip to northern British Columbia communities of Prince Rupert and Massett. There is a similar image on the traditional hand-woven, hand-painted wicker hat that was given to the team by the people of Haida Gwaii and is passed around to honor the player of the game after each win.

“Me, (equipment manager) Patty [O’Neil] and (assistant equipment manager) Jamie [Hendricks] all came up with the idea for mask, the pads and gloves and the mask from the start,” Lack said.

Lack, who grew up playing hockey outdoors in Sweden, including some games and practices, had the pads and gloves custom made by his longtime equipment company, Brian’s Custom Sports, to match the Vancouver Millionaire jerseys the team wore in the 1915 and 1921 Stanley Cup Finals against the Senators. And while most thought the gear would be relegated to the bench, back to back starts ahead of Roberto Luongo has some now believing Lack might actually play the big outdoor game against the Senators.

Either way, enjoy these shots of the new mask from Gunnarsson – and for more great artwork check out  his website, his Facebook page, and his Twitter feed – as well as some action shots of the complete set up from Canucks practice this week:

Eddie Lack Heritage Classic Mask left side

 

Eddie Lack Heritage Classic Mask right top

 

Eddie Lack Heritage Classic Mask right side side

 

Eddie Lack Heritage Classic Mask poster

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2 Responses to Lack Honours Millionaires, Swedish Canucks With Gear

  1. Ian Wotherspoon says:

    Well done Eddie Lack, your mask looks great and so does your equipment. Brian’s Custom Sports did a remarkable job matching the colour which I know is a hard thing to do expecially when you are working with different materials, but, in the picture they look amazingly close to the same so I say “hat’s off to Brian’s” as well.

    Your Mask looks totally awesome and it’s nice to see you honour so many fellow countrymen on your mask. I’ve said this previously but each one of these “Mask” artists never cease to amaze me with what they can do, it’s pure magic. I paint a little but I’m not in their league, that’s for sure.

    I can’t wait to see you on Sunday afternoon wearing all of this new equipment that’s houring the Vancouver Millionaires team of 1915. It looks unbelievable in the photos so I’m now already excited to see it for real (on TV). I wish you well and it would be nice to see you get the start but I have to admit one thing to you: “I’m an Ottawa Senators Fan.”

  2. Paul Ipolito says:

    Too bad the Vancouver fans didn’t appreciate Eddie’s new gear and/or Eddie in general on Sunday.

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