Flyers goaltender to sport evolved design rife with symbolism for his native Russia – and a desire for a bounce back season.

Bryzgalov 2012-2013 goalie mask

Ilya Bryzgalov’s 2012-2013 Philadelphia Flyers Mask, by Stephane Bergeron. Look for more close-up images below

Ilya Bryzgalov’s game may not have been as sharp as Flyers’ fans expected last year, but his main helmet, designed by Stephane Bergeron of La Griffe Originale was one of the sharpest in the league with its striking design and detail.

The new design for 2012-2013 is evolutionary, building on last year’s theme while adding a layer of symbolism that shows a love for country, and may also signal a desire to fight to find the game he lost.

Philadelphia Flyers Ilya Bryzgalov mask 2012-13

A close up of the tiger on Ilya Bryzgalov’s new mask by Stephane Bergeron of La Griffe Originale. Look for more full-sized pictures below.

Last year fans were curious as to why, aside from the obvious colour tie in, “Bryz” would have a tiger on his helmet. Bergeron told InGoal then it was Bryzgalov’s request as a national symbol of his native Russia, where it is known as the Amur.

The rest of the world soon found out how much the Flyers’ new No.1 really knew about the animal during his now-famous discourse with the team trainer during a segment on HBO’s 24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the Winter Classic about an unknown Russian liquor that somehow turned into talk about receiving the death penalty in China for killing a tiger (video below).

The tiger is back on Bryzgalov’s new mask for the upcoming season, but it’s more ferocious this time and, with a striking set of claws, appears to be looking for a fight. The Flyers logo has also been relocated this year, while the proud Russian goaltender bears the Kremlin on his forehead and the Russian Firebird, or Phoenix, rising on his chin.

Flyers fans can only hope Bryzgalov, who was criticized for being too passive in his play at times last season, will also return ready to fight and like the Phoenix his game will be renewed as it rises from the flames of his first year in Philadelphia.

First a look back at last year’s mask:

Bryzgalov Goal MAsk

Bryzgalov’s 2011-2012 Mask, pictured here, was the basis for the new helmet he will have in 2012-2013. Scott Slingsby photo.

… and now some close ups of the new lid:

Philadelphia Flyers Ilya Bryzgalov mask 2012-13

Philadelphia Flyers Ilya Bryzgalov mask 2012-13

Philadelphia Flyers Ilya Bryzgalov mask 2012-13

A close up of the tiger on Ilya Bryzgalov’s new mask by Stephane Bergeron of La Griffe Originale.

… and last, but certainly not least, the video highlighting Bryzgalov’s knowledge of tigers and Chinese law:


 

 

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9 Responses to A sign of things to come? Bryzgalov’s 2012-2013 Flyers Mask

  1. Dan says:

    the only thing that bothers me is the bauer logo is so prominently featured again

  2. Fabien says:

    Amazing art work and craftsmanship !

    That the reason I choose Stephane to do my lid!

  3. Garland Goalie says:

    Yeah, Stephane has done superv job on all of mine

  4. burkanuck says:

    Having a Bauer logo in order to get top of the line masks for free ain’t that bad a deal. I scrape it off of mine but they aren’t handing them to me for free.

  5. Lou says:

    It’s called sponsorship

  6. Joe boutette says:

    Bauer probably paid him more just wear that thing than u make in a whole calendar year….. Mo money mo money or something like that…. Can’t say I wouldn’t take it…. Maybe just a new profile would suffice

  7. amy says:

    The building on the front of the mask is St. Basil’s Cathedral, not the Kremlin.

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