image005Chris Mason is taking his talents to Augsburg in the German Elite League, and he’s doing so in style. After spending last year playing in Italy with Ritten Renon, Mason has signed a one year deal with the Augsburg Panther.

While there was a lack of interest in a tough NHL goaltending market at the end of 2013, Mason made the most of it and took the opportunity of playing in Europe. Thanks to Steve Nash at EyeCandyAir, Mason will have one of the more menacing lids in the European Union.

Matching up colours with the Panther logo, Mason has continued the trend of featuring Iron Maiden’s Eddie the Head prominently on his helmet. Doing so in Winnipeg and Nashville, the Red Deer native will don perhaps his best adaptation of the crazy skeleton yet.

As a nod to Mason’s Canadian heritage, the left side has Eddie carrying a Canadian flag. This is actually a rendition done by artist Derek Riggs, and is the cover art for his new book, Run For Cover. Riggs has inspired Nash throughout his own career and clearly nothing has changed.

On the opposite side, Eddie the Trooper carries the German flag, paying homage to the country in which Mason will see action this year. This depiction of Eddie first appeared on the single cover art for “The Trooper” from the Piece of Mind album. Mason’s other Iron Maiden masks are amongst the most popular stories ever on InGoalMag.com.

It looks like Mason is happy with yet another great mask from EyeCandyAir!

It looks like Mason is happy with yet another great mask from EyeCandyAir!

The chin features the Augsburg coat of arms front and center, with the Panther logos careening down the sides. A fierce, realistic panther illustrated on the top nearly finishes this mask off. Nearly. Perhaps the best addition to Mason’s new mask, and an example of Nash’s fine recreation skills, is the family portrait originally drawn by Mason’s oldest daughter, Avery. With the Canadian and German flags tucked in the corner, Mason and Nash covered all their bases and combined to produce an awesome new helmet.

Chris Mason played full time in the NHL for nine years for three different teams, the Predators, the Blues, and the Thrashers/Jets (he was with the franchise when it relocated in 2011). The thirty-eight year old broke into the league as a rookie in 2003-2004, posting a .926SV% and 2.18GAA. Playing over fifty games three times in his career, Mason amassed a career save percentage of .909 and a goals against average of 2.66. Mason has also represented his country, playing in the 2009 and 2010 World Championships.

You can check out more art from Nash, who creates all his masks by hand using only traditional methods and tools like pencil, paintbrush, and airbrush on the official EyeCandyAir website, or follow them on TwitterFacebook, and on Vine. EyeCandyAir also posts videos of finished works on their Instagram page like this one of Mason’s new mask, which really shows how the colours pop on this design. Take a look at a cool time lapse of Steve creating this masterpiece!

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