Jonathan Quick was forced to cover up the phrase “Support Our Troops” from his mask for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Quick found a better way to support them for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
The Los Angeles Kings goaltender had long-time personal painter Steve Nash of EyeCandyAir paint a portrait of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the backplate of his new mask for the upcoming Winter Games.
The painting – and all of Nash’s masks are created by hand using only traditional methods and tools like a pencil, paintbrush and airbrush – was based on part of a U.S. Army Photo taken by Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr. that was shared with EyeCandyAir by the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), who maintain a 24-hour vigil at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
The hand-painted portrait was already approved by the International Olympic Committee, so this military tribute shouldn’t cause Quick any problems.
As for the rest of the mask, Quick added an American flavour to the signature “Battle Armour” look that EyeCandyAir designed for him.
The chin features the logo the U.S. Hockey team will wear on their jerseys – it isn’t an official USA Hockey logo, which would be a no-no under IOC rules for both the jersey and the mask – bolted onto the battle armour, which had red-and-blue tones added throughout, with “USA” and a couple more stars added on the forehead.
Nash has added a nice American touch to Quick’s signature design, one made all the more patriotic by what’s on the back.