One year after the Boston bombing tragedy that both shook and rallied the city, hockey fans can win a Boston Strong-themed goalie mask signed by Bruins No.1 Tuukka Rask – and support the One Fund Boston charity set up to help support bombing victims at the same time.
The mask will be raffled off after the entry deadline of 11 a.m. EST on Tuesday, April 22, and tickets to win are only $2, with a minimum purchase of five. The winner will also receive two luxury suite tickets to the next Bruins playoff game after the draw, and two limited edition Boston Strong Bose Noise Cancelling headphones.
Proceeds will benefit the One Fund Boston. You can get more details and enter to win the mask here.
The idea for the mask came shortly after the tragedy struck Boston, when two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day, killing three people and injuring hundreds more. The mask was commissioned by Boston resident Kyle Acomb in the hopes of soon auctioning it off to benefit related charities.
“It really hit home,” Acomb, who remembers waiting anxiously to find out if numerous friends and co-workers near the Boston Marathon finish line when the bombs detonated were all right, told InGoal at the time. Acomb counted his blessings none were seriously injured, but wanted to do something for those that weren’t as fortunate.
“I wanted to do something different; something personal.”
Acomb already had a new mask made by Dom Malerba from Pro’s Choice, a mask-making company located just north of Boston that has protected the heads on numerous Bruins over the years, including current No.1 Tuukka Rask, and planned to have it painted for him by Montreal artist Montreal artist David Leroux of Diel Airbrush.
He quickly altered those plans and asked Leroux, who had painted three masks for him in the past, to instead design and paint a Boston Strong-themed mask in the hopes he could later auction it off and donate all proceeds to charities supporting the victims and their families.
The beautifully painted mask prominently features the names and portraits of the four victims of the attack – Krystle Campbell, Martin William Richard, Lingzi Lu, and policeman Sean Collier, who was later killed during the pursuit and eventual capture of the bombers. The names of others injured in the bombings are written on the jaw line of both sides of the mask, with the Boston Marathon logo painted on the chin between them.
The left side features the medal from the 117th Boston Marathon, with its ribbon streaming over and around the mask, dividing the sections honouring the four people that lost their lives in the attack. The right side features “We are one, Boston Strong,” with the American flag painted in the background just above it.
The date of the attack – 4-15-2013 – runs along the top of the mask, and the backplate, which isn’t pictured, includes the Boston Strong ribbon, and a quote from President Barack Obama: “We carry on, we race, we strive.” In the background of the backplate you can see ghosted out the Boylston Street sign and a building that had the number one lighted out.