Lehtonen enlists help from old teammate – and skilled artist – to create look for new Stars uniforms

Joni 'Bona' Hallikainen reassmbles Kari Lehtonen's 2013-2014 Stars Mask

Joni ‘Bona’ Hallikainen assembles Kari Lehtonen’s 2013-2014 Stars Mask

Kari Lehtonen’s new Stars mask for the 2013-2014 season is a first for InGoal from Finnish painter Joni ‘Bona’ Hallikainen, a former pro goaltender who now makes his living as a mask artist and also loves creating replica masks from the 1970’s NHL era.

Although ‘Bona’ did paint one mask for Lehtonen last season, it is fitting that we introduce a new artist today with the first mask Lehtonen will use with the Stars newly designed uniforms. Hallikainen and Lehtonen have been friends for many years, having played together on the same junior team, Jokerit Helsinki, in 1999.

As Hallikainen tells it, “I was going in to my last Junior A season and broke my ACL in the very last exhibition game before the regular season. Kari was a Junior B rookie and he was called in. The rest is history.”

While Hallikainen would probably be happy to be in the Dallas net himself, the mask art world is happy that he has perfected his craft after more than 19 years of painting.

Lehtonen enjoys a good conversation about gear and goalies as much as anyone and he gave Hallikainen some specific instructions about the design, requesting the new Stars logo on the sides, the graphic design on the top of the mask and the longhorn on the chin. Like any great artist, Bona took the suggestions and ran with them, creating a clean, bold look that will look fantastic with the Stars new uniforms.

To see more of Hallikainen’s fantastic work, visit his Facebook page or contact him directly via email.

Lehtonen Goalie Mask by Bona Designs

Lehtonen Goalie Mask by Bona Designs

Lehtonen Goalie Mask by Bona Designs

Lehtonen Goalie Mask by Bona Designs

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12 Responses to Kari Lehtonen’s New Dallas Stars Mask

  1. Ian Wotherspoon says:

    Another great piece of artwork from an artist we’ve not heard of previously but I honestly beleive that we will be hearing & seeing more from this extremely talented artist. Remember this name: Joni ‘Bona’ Hallikainen. Kari Lehtonen gave Joni ‘Bona’ Hallikainen some specific instructions and I truly believe he did those and more.

    I checked out the Dallas Stars new logo and uniforms and I feel they did an excellent job. I really like the new logo & uniform, and I think the victory green was a great choice and now I can’t wait to see them play.

  2. Joey Meyers says:

    Love the new mask that Kari is going with, I can’t wait to see it in person this year!

  3. Jocelyn C says:

    That’s the kinda mask I like. Great artwork, focused on the team itself not with all the personal stuff like too many masks these days. I still believe a mask should represent the team or the city the goalie plays for. this one is hust perfect. Great job Bona.

  4. Duane B says:

    Very nice, great job!!

    Curious, the the right side the same as the left?

    Go KARI!

  5. Swiss says:

    Nice! Classic looking lid.

    (Should have left out the specular hits. Just mars the clean look.)

  6. Darrell says:

    WHY oh WHY does there have to be the cow skull on here? We are not all Cowboys out on the prairie just herding our lil’ doggies…

    Other than that, it’s a cool design.

  7. Mike says:

    I played hockey with Greg Harrison one of the great pioneer artists of goalie masks. (he did the original Eagle mask for Belfour and Cujo among others) and was always very impressed with this kind of work. This mask blows me away. So sharp. I read the comment from the native texan about the skull of a longhorn but to incorporate it like he did in the Star at the bottom looks spectacular! Kudos Bona ! I am a massive Stars fan from Toronto and can’t wait to see him use it in October. GO STARS GO!!!

  8. ThirdEye Goal says:

    Looks great. All goalies should have at least two different designs to wear during the season.

  9. Morgan Madu says:

    Very cool, that green really stands out. I am also a fan of the star “barb wire” graphics on top.

  10. Ed says:

    Great Look Kari. Looking forward to seeing the mask in person. I like the fact that you always incorporate some good Texas heritage.

    Go Stars!

  11. Doug says:

    Due, great helmet, but that “longhorn” over the star looks more like a Baphomet sigil than anything else. Actually, I love it.

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