Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider is taking his team’s one-game retro tribute to Vancouver’s only Stanley Cup-winning team seriously, with a new matching mask to commemorate the Vancouver Millionaires victory in 1915.
The Canucks will wear replica jerseys of the 1915 Millionaires for a home game against Detroit on Saturday March 16.
Schneider, who joked that he liked the old maroon and tan jerseys when they debuted in a team picture last week because they matched his old Boston College colours, honoured Millionaires goaltender Hughie Lehman on the right side of the mask, with a team photo on the opposite side.
“On a distance it’s an old school classic styled design with the stripes in focus with the beautiful logo on the top, all created in maroon and cream colors,” Gunnarsson wrote. “Then the closer you come the more details you will discover, and the design transforms in front of your eyes to a tribute to the fantastic Millionaires team. On the left side is a tribute to the legendary Millionaire goalie Hughie Lehman, and on the other side is the whole team in old school vintage style. And not only that, the mask is also a tribute to the fantastic native art of Canada. I just love that art style. Just as on Cory’s previous Canucks mask I incorporated orcas in Canadian native art style, and they continue on this mask.”
Enjoy the closeups of Schneider’s new mask – and a shot of teammate Ryan Kesler in the replica jerseys they will wear – below, and be sure to check out more of Gunnarsson’s great artwork on both his website and on his Twitter feed. For all the new masks in the NHL this season, be sure to visit InGoal’s mask page: