Montoya’s New Winnipeg Mask: The Big Cubano Flies a Fighter Jet
The latest take on the franchise’s name comes courtesy of new Winnipeg backup Al Montoya and his long-time personal artist, Ray Bishop of Bishop Custom Designs, and it lives up to the high standards set by Jets goaltenders Ondrej Pavelec, Chris Mason and David Aebischer last season.
Montoya’s new look features the tooth-filled mouth of a cartoon jet wrapped aggressively around the mask’s cage, with smoking exhaust pipes coming out the side, a Jets logo on the forehead between menacing (and sparking) eyes, and even some bullet holes mixed in with the rivets and metal of the plane below the chin:
The old-school fighter jet is featured in its entirety on his backplate, smoking a cigar above his nickname, “Big Cubano,” and the initials of family members. Together it pays homage to the Cuban heritage that Montoya takes so much pride in, something that has been featured on his past masks as well, including last year’s lid while with the New York Islanders: