InGoal Magazine has seen no shortage of skull-themed masks over the years, dating all the way back to Gary Bromley’s beautiful Vancouver Canucks mask, and that bare bones theme has continued in this series of custom pads, including a wicked skull set last month. But this week features a more unique take on the genre from Brian’s Custom Sports.
Instead of a skull, this customer has ordered a set of G-NETik pads with an x-ray styled look at the legs behind them.
Intended or not, it’s a nice reminder of how thin and fragile the bones are behind those pads – just ask Boston Bruins’ forward Gregory Campbell, who shattered one in his upper leg blocking a shot without the benefit of them – and just how important a good set of pillows are for those of us who throw our bodies in front of fast-moving frozen rubber with regularity.
About the only thing cooler than these pads would be seeing Brian’s make a similar set for new Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ray Emery, who also wears the new G-NETik line. Of course Emery’s custom pads would need to be made with one less bone on display because the recent Stanley Cup winner had the smaller bone in his lower leg removed and used in a bone graft to rebuild his decaying hip, an incredible comeback from an injury that should have ended Emery’s career, if not also making it hard to even walk.
Short of that, enjoy this custom set, which includes the goalie’s name and number atop the pads, which feature a 1-2-1 flex (meaning a stiff boot break, medium break at the knee, and no break above it) and traditional leather instead of the SmartStrap system: