Jaroslav Halak is wrapping himself in Slovakia’s flag for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics – literally.
Halak, whose St. Louis Blues mask includes a puck-stopping bull breaking through a brick wall wearing Brian’s gloves, eschewed any more detailed or individual concepts for a clean look that is all about his native country.
Painter David Leroux of Montreal-based Diel Airbrush pulled it off with a bright, bold look featuring the white, blue and red of the flag that was adopted by Slovakia in 1992, with the shield raised on Halak’s forehead.
“Halak had only one idea and it was clear in his head: he wanted a clean and classic mask,” Leroux said. “He wanted his mask to look like a big Slovakian flag … he said ‘sometimes less is better.'”
Adding to the effect on the Warwick mask is a red cage, red straps and a backplate that continues the Slovakian flag effect.
To see more great work from Leroux please visit his Diel Aribrush web site and his Facebook page. You can find other Leroux creations in the InGoal archives, but in the meantime enjoy the close ups of Halak’s Olympic mask: