When it came time for Marc-Andre Fleury to pick an old Pittsburgh goaltender to appear on the mask he plans to wear with the Penguins’ third jerseys this season (assuming there is one), the choice was somewhat obvious.
When it comes to vintage masks, few Penguins wore a better one than Michel Dion.
“Marc-André wanted 2 vintage goalies – he wanted to have Dion because of his wonderfull vintage mask,” said Fleury’s long-time personal painter, Stephane Bergeron of Griff Airbrush. “And Barrasso, this one is my decision.”
[Ed. note: Fleury's 2011 Winter Classic mask was a retro tribute to Dion as well]
So Dion is featured on the right side of the mask and Barrasso on the left. Both are depicted in hockey cards loosely based on original cards Bergeron found, with “Between the Pipes” and “Greats of the Game” written along the side and bottom.
Other than choosing Dion, Fleury granted carte blanche to Bergeron, who also created the unique Steel Penguin mask featured recently by InGoal.
The results are impressive. Now Fleury just needs an NHL season so he can show them off: