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If it ain’t broke…Rask’s Mask Continues Unchanged in 2013-2014

If it ain’t broke…Rask’s Mask Continues Unchanged in 2013-2014
Tuukka Rask Mask-2013

Tuukka Rask’s 2013 mask essentially unchanged from the design he has used for his entire NHL career. Can you spot any subtle changes? Scott Slingsby Image.

Many who were goalie fans in the 70s and 80s look back fondly on the days when a mask design stayed with a goalie for years, possibly being tweaked for new teams as Curtis Joseph, Felix Potvin and Ed Belfour, to name a few, have done in the past.

Today it is far more common to see goalies and their painters try to top each design with something new each season or even multiple times each year. Carey Price leads the league in this regard, having used his many masks as a vehicle for impressive charitable works.

While we love the flood of new artwork  each year, there is something to be said for a design done so well that a goaltender like Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins will keep his essentially unchanged for years. Sure, he’s dabbled in a few others as designers have pitched their work to him – but time and again Rask returns to artist Ron Slater of Slater Lettering and Graphics to recreate the same look for his new masks from Vaughn made by Pro’s Choice.

Here are a few shots of Rask’s mask from 2009 through to the one from training camp this year. There are a few small tweaks to both the paint and the actual helmet construction, but they are subtle. Can you spot any? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

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David Hutchison

David is one of the founders of InGoal Magazine which he began in 2009. Of course he finds time for some goaltending of his own as well, and despite his age, clings desperately to the idea that some NHL team will call him to play for them - though in his mid-forties (OK, late 40s) it'll likely be for a practice when everyone else on their depth chart has the flu and the shooter tutor has gone in for repairs.

4 Comments

  1. Warren Shapiro

    This mask scared most of the opposition, maybe it can scare them into winning the “STANLEY CUP” sometime soon. Those teeth can also bite the opposition and that’s not a major penalty or minor penalty.

  2. Matt in Montreal

    Lot of cartoony characters nowadays.

  3. Toni Jauhiainen FIN

    I see few changes..
    1) Text in forehead has changed many times. First there was “Vaughn”, then nothing and latest there reads “Bauer”.
    2) I think, that bears eyes have little sparks now (glitter).
    3) Nose and teeths are different. First bear had 8 upper teeths, now just 6. Also tongue and lower teeths have size differences.

  4. Kyle A

    Toni, SLIGHT correction…first came the Bauer Vapor mask from Pro’s Choice when Dom was making Bauer masks. He has since become a Vaughn guy, so Rask wears his PC/Vaughn mask currently.

    As for Slater’s graphics, the whole mouth/nose area is more realistic than previous years on his current mask.