The Philadelphia Flyers recent hiring of former goaltending great Ron Hextall as an assistant General Manager was perfect timing for regular InGoal Magazine equipment tester Aaron Slagman, who already had plans to feature the infamous goalie on his new mask.
Playing for an orange-and-black clad team named the Bullies when he isn’t testing new gear for InGoal – and sometimes doing both at the same time – a Flyers-themed mask paying respect to Philadelphia’s Broad Street Bullies squads of the 1970s made perfect sense for Slagman.
So he turned to Montreal artist David Leroux of Diel Airbrush with general instructions to include Flyers icons Hextall, Bernie Parent, Bobby Clarke and Dave “the Hammer” Schultz, as well as the “Bullies” team name, his No.1 on the chin, and a few personal touches on the backplate.
The results are stunning, with Parent and a scrapping Hextall worked subtly into Flyers logos on either side, and Schultz and Clarke featured prominently above them. (Yes, we are aware Hextall didn’t play in the 70s but are you going to tell him he doesn’t fit the image of the Broad Street Bullies?). The arrow on top of the mask, which contains small, shaded Flyers logos, was also a part of past masks Hextall wore in Philadelphia.
Since a picture is worth 1,000 words, we won’t waste any more time describing them, other that to remind you that to see more great work from artist David Leroux please visit his Diel Aribrush web site and his Facebook page.
Enjoy these photos – we know Slagman and his teammates are enjoying having the best mask in the league: