Dan 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.