Emery sheds boxing theme in new home
UPDATED: Oct 30 InGoal was on hand for the first game Emery wore his new mask – photo credit: Nick Ulivieri, all Rights Reserved.
Is it a sign of a maturing Ray Emery that he asked artist David Leroux to create his new Hawks mask without boxers – a personal theme that had followed him on his long journey from Ottawa to Anaheim via the KHL? While last season’s incredible homage to Sugar Ray Leonard caused no offence, his Mike Tyson mask from Ottawa days surely brought him attention he didn’t need at the time. But after moving to one of the most likeable boxers on his mask, he has shed them altogether for this fantastic Hawks’ theme.
With the exception of the “no boxers” mandate, and some general guidelines, Emery gave Leroux the freedom to create anything he wanted. The result can clearly be described as inspired by Hawks’ traditions but in a distinctively crafted style that mask aficionados would recognizes as a Leroux creation instantly. The combination of a bold simple design, layered with detailed artistic work in unmistakably that of the young artist from Montreal.
Emery’s response when he saw the mask?
“Looks great Bro!”
Leroux told InGoal,
This year he wanted to have the mask as white as possible and is 2 requests were only to have the team logo on the chin and no boxers… so i had to send him a quick sketch for his approval and he then let me ran with the design!!
So we decided to go with the classic native american indian chief and his traditionnal tribal design wich were taken directly from his Brian’s gear.
His final request was to have the same pheonix i painted for him on his ducks mask with his nicknam RAZOR
I really like it!! hope the hawks fan will love it too!!