New rocket-inspired mask revealed for Michael McNiven
Undrafted goaltender Michael McNiven is just three games into his pro hockey career within the Montreal Canadiens system.
The Owen Sound Attack alumnus has predominantly skated with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast so far, but expect him to get some looks with the AHL’s Laval Rocket – and when he does, be prepared for a pretty retro-looking mask to give a nod to the club:
McNiven revealed his newest mask design on Wednesday with his mask artist, Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush. The Quebec-based artist gave InGoal an exclusive look at what went into the mask itself:
“Michael wanted some rocket ships on his mask with some ice,” Marsolais explained. She described the various details McNiven, who had a pretty set idea for what he wanted the design to include. “His nickname ‘’NIV’’ on the chin, the ‘’R’’ from the Rocket logo in red. He also wanted a matte finish, and some SubZero paint [which Marsolais has been incorporating into designs this year, allowing the masks to change colors on the ice] somewhere on the paint job.
“So here’s the result: you can see the rocket ship take off with some smoke on the bottom, and speed effect.
The broken ice was painted with the SubZero paint, and will become darker blue with cold temperatures. You can see the city name, ‘’Laval’’, painted under the ice.”
The mask has a simple feel to it, fitting in well with the team’s retro-inspired logo (which sits as a backdrop for Marsolais’ rocket on the sides of the design).
The darkening ice is a fantastic touch, giving the mask more of a multi-dimensional feel when the color changes from a pale blue to almost a dark purple. You can scroll through Marsolais’ post on the mask to see a demo video, as she pours cold water on the paint to really make the change pop:
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The backplate is special as well, with a tribute to McNiven’s grandfather and his number with the Rocket – which will be 33 when he first starts in a game with the AHL club: