In addition to leading all American Hockey League rookies with a 2.39 goals-against average to go with a .923 save percentage in his North American debut, the 23-year-old Boston prospect has The Godfather, Don Vito Corleone, on his new Bruins mask.
Painted by his long-time artist and fellow Swede David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, the new mask is actually just the latest of four to feature The Godfather. It turns out the movie is a favourite of both Svedberg and Gunnarsson. But that doesn’t make seeing Corleone on the left side of the mask any less spectacular.
“Those of you who have seen Niklas’ previous masks will know what he wants on his masks,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page. “I’ve done many masks for Niklas, and he has a favorite movie always showing up on his masks.”
That said, Gunnarsson tried something different in the way he painted the latest mask.
“The design is created as an old school design with the awesome Bruins logos and colors, and in the Bruins layout I created an artwork with Mr Vito,” he wrote. “And the closer you look the more details you will discover, and the design transforms in front of your eyes. Just as usual the design is pimped with so much details and special effects.”
InGoal has pictures of the previous Godfather mask, which Svedberg wore while winning a championships with Brynäs of the Swedish Elite League last season, below from a recent AHL game. But first enjoy some up close pictures of the new mask:
There is a little less blood – or at least it doesn’t jump out as much – from the Godfather-themed mask it replaced, which was captured by InGoal photographer Scott Slingsby at a Providence Bruins game in late October: