Putting on the Puffin: Carrozzi’s Jets Mask Celebrates Newfoundland
Carrozzi accomplished both with the help of the popular Puffin that serves as mascot for the St. John’s Ice Caps.
Designed and painted by artist Steve Nash of EyeCandyAir.com, Carrozzi’s new lid features the playful Puffin proudly holding up a Jets jersey on one side, the parent-club’s jet-based logo on the other, and a nicely stylized take on his double-C initials across the chin.
“The majority of it is Winnipeg Jets, but the one thing I wanted to make sure I had was the Puffin,” said Carrozzi, the 154th pick in the 2008 draft. “I did that because I want to be professional but at same time I want to have something that is fun and not too serious, because when I play I want to have fun and not be too negative or too unhappy. So it’s something that kind of represents me in a way. I don’t want to come off as too goofy as a person, but more just something to lighten the mood up.”
In addition to being the Ice Caps mascot – in his new book The Best Seat In The House, former NHL goalie Jamie McLennan shares a hilarious story about being forced to attack the bird by ex-Islanders great Billy Smith – the puffin is well known in the St. John’s, Newfoundland region.
As for the rest of the mask, as Carrozzi already noted above, it’s mostly reflective of the Winnipeg Jets, but the backplate also includes his nickname, Rozay. Carrozzi himself may have started the season playing in the ECHL with the Ontario Reign, another victim of the downward pressures of the NHL lockout on goalies everywhere, but his new mask screams big league.