Dan Ellie Legends of the Dallas Stars Mask left sideDan Ellis has a new mask paying tribute to some of the best players in Dallas Stars history.

It’s a list that includes fellow goaltenders Ed Belfour and Marty Turco, a well as forwards Mike Modano and Brett Hull.

The tribute to Hull includes an overhead shot of his Stanley Cup-clinching overtime goal against former Buffalo Sabres superstar Dominik Hasek, a controversial goal because Hull’s skate was in the crease shortly before he scored it. And the one arguing loudest against Hull’s infamous goal was former long-time Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who is now in his first season behind the bench in Dallas.

We’re not sure how Ruff will feel about having his backup goalie wearing a constant reminder on the left side of his mask, but it’s hard to imagine anyone won’t appreciate the beautiful new mask from Swedish artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt.

All four players have their numbers featured, and there are images of Hull and Modano playing, but both goaltenders are represented by the symbols that were commonly found on their masks – an eagle for Belfour and gargoyles for Turco.

“I loved his idea, and Dan is a very skilled artist himself,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page. “He sent me some cool drawings. Together we brainstormed, and a plan crystallized how to create the tribute design. I picked up my airbrush guns and started to work. … Dan wanted to honour the four Dallas legends Brett Hull, Mike Modano, Ed Belfour and Marty Turco. The foundation of Dallas Stars.”

No matter how Ruff feels about the shot of Hull taking a Stanley Cup away from him, it’s a beautiful mask, and a sharp style contrast to the first mask Ellis wore this season featuring cartoon versions of  Davy Crockett and James Bowie at the Battle of the Alamo. This one looks a lot more like the incredible tribute to JFK that Gunnarsson painted for Stars’ prospect puck-stopper Jack Campbell.

You can find more of Gunnarsson’s great artwork on both his website and on his Twitter feed, but for now enjoy the close-ups of the new mask for Ellis:

 

Dan Ellie Legends of the Dallas Stars Mask left side

 

Dan Ellie Legends of the Dallas Stars Mask right side

 

Dan Ellie Legends of the Dallas Stars Mask top right

 

Dan Ellie Legends of the Dallas Stars Mask top left

 

Dan Ellie Legends of the Dallas Stars Mask Poster

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7 Responses to New Stars Mask Features Belfour and … Hasek?!?

  1. Brian says:

    Wow Wow Weee Waaaah!!! Beautiful mask and hard to complain about any mask that pays tribute in any way to my all time favorite Ed Belfour! It gets a little busy for me under the tribute to the players with the green going back to the white but this is really another work of art.

  2. Ian Wotherspoon Phoenix says:

    That is so very beautiful and another tremendous work of art by the famous Goalie Mask artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, this man is very talented and he keeps proving it everytime he paints another mask. It looks great and the Brett Hull image is as close to a real picture of him as you will ever see.

  3. Ryan says:

    Dave is very talented. I just wish he wouldn’t clutter his designs. If he took out all the “details” his masks would look so much better (IMO). I do love the concept of this specific mask. I just hate the extra shadow logos that take away from the clean lines. Less is more on masks.

  4. Warren Shapiro says:

    This mask has really got a lot of history behind it. The eagle number 20 (Belfour) ,number 35 (Turco) ,
    Number 9 (Madano) just to name a few. Those names really represent Your Dallas Stars on the mask. Otherwise a great mask. The only thing missing is a STANLEY CUP that will happen soon I hope.

  5. salman says:

    sweet looking mask!! a tribute to my favorite goalie of all time! crazy eddie!

  6. Dave says:

    Love the mask even though the images on the sides were NOT painted.

  7. paul szabo says:

    If the images on the sides were not painted, then how are they done?? Is it some kind of a decal?

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