Emery Mask Rising From Ashes of Flyers Season?
Ray Emery may not have a lot of time left with the Philadelphia Flyers, but even if the impending unrestricted free agent isn’t back next season he will finish his run in the City of Brotherly Love with a beautiful new mask.
Designed by artist Marcus Power and painted by Franny Drummond of PaintZoo Studios, Emery’s newest mask combines clean, crisp lines in Philadelphia colors with a flaming (and, appropriately, a flying) phoenix on either side. And in case anyone thinks Emery is planning for a future elsewhere, there is a Flyers logo featured prominently on the chin of the new mask.
Emery, who made $1 million on his one-year contract with the Flyers this season, is set to join a list of free agent goalies this summer that is long but not particularly top heavy beyond names like Antti Niemi and Devan Dubnyk. Emery is 10-10-7 with a .893 save percentage for the Flyers this season, but don’t underestimate his impact on playing partner Steve Mason, particularly in the weight room.
Emery has already managed to get five more years than he was supposed to out of a career that should have ended with radical surgery to repair a deteriorating hip socket – he once joked he’s the only NHL player missing a fibula after it was removed to rebuild that hip. So anyone counting Emery out for next season, whether in Philadelphia or elsewhere, is probably doing so prematurely.
Maybe that explains the significance of the rising phoenix on his new mask.
According to Greek mythology, the phoenix is a long-lived bird that is associated with the sun and cyclically regenerated or reborn. The phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.
After watching Philadelphia burn around him this season, missing the playoffs despite a high payroll and parting ways with popular goaltending coach Jeff Reese, this mask may a perfect symbol of life after the Flyers.
Check out more close up photos below and be sure to check out more from Drummond, including the famous Zombie masks he painted for Flyers No.1 Steve Mason, on Paint Zoo’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also follow designer Marcus Power on Twitter and Facebook and check out more of his mask renderings, including some signed originals you can purchase for your collection, on his new website: