Oilers Legend Grant Fuhr Inspires Anders Nilsson’s New Mask
Edmonton goaltender Anders Nilsson has honoured one of the Oilers most famous alumni on his new Bauer mask, painted by Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt.
The retro design is both inspired by and features former goaltender Grant Fuhr, who won five Stanley Cups with the franchise from 1984 to 1990 as well as the Vezina Trophy in 1988.
“Anders knew what he wanted for sure.” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page “He wanted the mask to be a tribute to the legendary Edmonton Oilers keeper Grant Fuhr.”
“Anders and I talked a lot how to create it. We wanted it to be a very worthy and old school design, created in the details.”
With images of Fuhr in his playing days on either side of the mask, the paintwork also mimics the 57-year old’s own styling during his time with the Oilers in the 1980s.
“The design is also a tribute to and inspired from Fuhr’s own Oilers mask,” Gunnarsson continued “Anders really wanted that. And we created it so it really looks old and used, with puck marks and scratches all over. And even some rust”
The ‘rust’ marks around the screw and air holes certainly add a neat touch to this cool new design, as do the ‘scuff marks’, which help provide an even more retro feel to the look that is sure to mesh well with the clubs regular jerseys as well as their ‘throw back’ third jersey.
Nilsson was drafted in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (62nd overall) by the New York Islanders, but failed to secure a regular place with the franchise before signing with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL last season.
And impressive campaign in Europe’s premier league persuaded Edmonton to sign the 25-year old to a 1-year contract during the summer, partnering the Swede with former New York Rangers’ stopper Cam Talbot as the organisation looked to put years of goaltending strife behind them.
Nilsson has compiled a 10-10-1 record so far this season, posting a .908 save percentage and 2.91 goals-against average.