As if three-straight wins to start his NHL career wasn’t a big enough high, Blues rookie Jake Allen will return to St. Louis Monday to find a new mask waiting for him.
Painted for Allen once again Jason Livery of HeadStrong Grafx, the new mask again features the Blues’ logo extending from the middle and out along the top of the cage line, with team colour stripes down the middle. But in addition to the more stylized “34″ on the chin, the new Vaughn mask has another major difference: instead of a St. Louis logo on one side and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Riverman, on the other, this mask is all about the Blues.
In addition to the slogan “Long Live The Note” in a banner across the top, there are small blue note logos all over background.
Given how well Allen has played for far, it’s fitting.
The 22-year-old overcame a shaky start and a two-goal deficit in his first NHL start in Detroit, made a “save of the year” stop in Calgary and stopped 28 shots – and two more in a shootout – to beat the Canucks on Sunday night.
InGoal will have more from a conversation with Allen before and after that win in the upcoming edition of the magazine, but Blues coach Ken Hitchcock indicated the “solid” rookie would get at least one more start amid back-to-back games this week.
In the meantime, enjoy these first images of his new mask, which come courtesy of Livery, and all rights are reserved. Be sure to check out more of his work on the HeadStrong Grafx website, as well as on Twitter, and on FaceBook.