As someone who grew up on the Canadian prairies cheering the Jets, Chris Mason seemed like such a good fit in Winnipeg.
As disappointing as it might be for fans in Winnipeg, though, Mason’s return to the Nashville Predators as a free agent at least means another new round of equipment for the rest of us to enjoy, and if the first fresh item is any indication it’s worth it.
After making the move physically to Nashville over the weekend, Mason is set to debut another amazing mask from EyeCandyAir, and just like his first Jets mask, it borrows from one of his favourite bands by using an Iron Maiden Eddie.
In fact, the Eddie in question is from the Egyptian-themed cover of the band’s Powerslave album, which also produced the single Aces High and corresponding Eddie included on last year’s mask. It’s a theme that works perfectly because the album covers were created originally by artist Derek Riggs, who has inspired the mask’s artist, Steve Nash, throughout his own career.
Given it’s Mason’s third stint with the Predators – the original was interrupted briefly by a free agent signing with the Florida Panthers organization in 20020-03 before Nashville reclaimed him off waivers the following season – it’s fitting EyeCandyAir used triple-layer logos on both sides of a stunning design that includes Mason’s name written across the chin of a mask that was once again custom made for Mason by Tony Priolo at Sportmask.
As for the backplate, which is often used by goalies for personal messages, Mason instead went with a tribute to Nashville by using artwork that is from the official City Seal and can also be seen on the city’s flag.