Bryzgalov’s Kids Help Paint New Oilers Mask
When we saw Ilya Bryzgalov in the locker room at Rogers Arena before Christmas, he was proudly wearing a bright rainbow loom elastic band necklace made for him by one of his children, so it should come as no surprise his new Edmonton Oilers mask features art also created by his kids.
Bryzgalov has been with the Oilers since mid-November, and Bergeron got a mask from Bauer to paint two days later, but had to wait more than a month for the images from Bryzgalov’s kids, hence the all-white mask he;s been wearing up until now.
Bryzgalov debuted the mask, which was painted by Stephane Bergeron of Griffe Airbrush in Quebec, on Sunday and it features an Oilers logo prominently on the forehead, a bright, bold orange oil gusher splattered around the cage.
The pictures from his kids are featured on either side, one with a goaltender in the net and the other with a 2014 Sochi Olympics theme:
As far as including kids on a mask, Bryzgalov’s new lid is right up there with his replacement in Phoenix, Mike Smith, who had images of his two kids riding a rocket with Wile E. Coyote painted on his current Coyotes mask, and even let his kids finger paint the backplate.