Khabibulin Back in Blackhawks with New Mask
The Bulin Wall was back between NHL pipes on Friday night, playing his first game of his second stint with the Chicago Blackhawks, and that makes it a perfect time to take a closer look at his new lid for this season.
Painted by Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs, the new Vaughn mask by Pro’s Choice continues some familiar themes for the 40-year-old Russian stopper.
Namely, the brick wall that comes from his nickname, The Bulin Wall, which is scrolled across the chin of the mask, remains prominent on both sides of the mask. So too does the screaming eagle that dates back to his Stanley Cup-winning days with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and once clutched a Grant Fuhr mask on his paint job with the Edmonton Oilers.
This time the Eagle is wearing native headdress and clutching a tomahawk in keeping with the Blackhawks themes. There is also a dreamcatcher on the forehead, and Khabibulin’s Russian roots come out on the backplate.
Enjoy the close ups below, and for more great art from Bishop, be sure to check out his company website, as well as “liking” his Facebook page, which features some progression shots of Khabibulin’s mask painting process, and following him on Twitter: