Michal Neuvirth gets new mask, gear for World Cup of Hockey
Michal Neuvirth is heading to Toronto this September as part of the Team Czech Republic roster for the World Cup of Hockey – and he’s getting pretty patriotic about it.
Dave Gunnarsson of DaveART, known for bringing stories to life with his mask designs for a number of big goaltending names around the NHL, designed the mask for Neuvirth to bring with him to the World Cup. It tells a pretty excellent story for the goaltender, his native country, and his hometown:
“The whole design is built on the Czech flag and the checkers pattern on the chin is inspired from the Czech shield,” wrote Gunnarsson, via Facebook.
“On a distance the whole mask is the flag of Czech, and the closer you come to the mask the more details you will discover, and the mask transforms into a storybook of Michal’s passion for his home country.”
The mask has a mainstay with all of Neuvirth’s other designs, as well, with a sketch-inspired rendition of a castle from the netminder’s hometown on the side next to a sketched logo for the World Cup of Hockey. On the other side of the mask, across from the castle and logo, Gunnarsson put a barely-there imprint of the Czech shield in full.
Of course, the design will go well with his new gear; the Philadelphia Flyers tandem netminder, who finished last season with three shutouts for the Metropolitan Division club, was photographed earlier wearing a new Vaughn setup that matches the Czech colors in the mask.
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Neuvirth is one of three goaltenders, alongside Petr Mrazek (Detroit Red Wings) and Ondrej Pavelec (Winnipeg Jets), who will be featured for the Czech Republic at the tournament next month. The World Cup of Hockey practices will officially start on September 5th, with the first pre-tournament games starting later that week and the first preliminary round games starting on September 17th.