Marc-Andre Fleury asked for something “totally different” on his new mask this season, a departure from the variations of the “Angry Flower” motifs he had sported variations of for several years.
The Penguins’ top stopper also wanted his new lid to reflect Pittsburgh’s “Steel City” nickname.
Fleury’s long-time personal painter, Stephane Bergeron of Griff Airbrush, was happy to oblige. Together they came up with two new and unique representations for the city and team.
The first is the big metal penguin that appears on the right side. The second was the billet aluminum – some call it diamond plate – background that appears all over the mask, a aesthetic tip of the mask to Pittsburgh’s industrial roots.
“The main idea was to reflect the ‘Steel City.'” Bergeron wrote in an email. “He likes a vintage look on his masks so the stripes bring that look. As he likes white masks, we came up with that aluminium look that gives a really nice and clean background.”
The flower theme – Fleury’s nickname is Flower – remains on the chin, and the backplate again features his grandparents initials on one side, and on the other his frog on the “Fleur de lys,” with a maple leaf and a little Stanley Cup behind the frog.
Complete photos of the new mask are below, and you can see the evolution of Fleury’s designs with Bergeron by clicking on these links: