Jaroslav Halak has a new mask for the 2013-14 season, but the themes are familiar to anyone who has followed the St. Louis Blues stopper over the years, including a nice nod to his equipment maker, Brian’s Custom Sports.
Painted for the first time by Montreal-based artist
David Leroux of Diel Airbrush, Halak has turned back to a bull (he is a Taurus) and brick wall as the primary image for this new mask. This time, however, the bull is playing goal and his Brian’s glove and blocker, complete with their iconic B-Star logo and the custom “scratch” graphic Halak helped design for his own pads and gloves, has broken through the brick wall to turn aside a few extra pucks.
It is a decidedly lighter, brighter look for Halak, who maintained his No. 41 is on the chin but got away from the dark tones of recent designs, allowing the Blues logo to jump out as it too breaks through the light-coloured wall.
The backplate features a map and flag of Halak’s native Slovakia, as well as family initials.
“It’s a really detailed paint job but I’m hoping people will recognize him as soon as he steps on the ice this year,” Leroux said.
With that bull staring fans down, it’s hard to imagine they won’t.