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Alex Auld Retro Senators Mask

Alex Auld Retro Senators Mask

Retro Lid a tribute to Senators Legend Alex Connell

Alex Auld doesn’t see a lot of ice this season in Ottawa as number one Craig Anderson leads the league in games played and is tied for the lead in starts but he’s still taking delivery of a second mask. This one is a beauty – a fantastic compliment for Anderson’s own retro lid worn with the Sens’ third jersey.

The design is a tribute to both the city of Ottawa and Senators Hall of Fame Goaltender Alex Connell. Interestingly Connell replaced Clint Benedict in the Ottawa net in 1930 – Benedict is the goaltender depicted on Anderson’s mask wearing the iconic leather mask some 30 years before Jacques Plante donned his. Connell played for the Sens last Cup winning team and his career 1.91 GAA is a record for his era.

Artist Dave Gunnarsson of writes on the design,

The Ottawa Senators keeper Alex Auld knew exactly what he wanted on his new mask, and when he told me I was really excited to get started. He wanted a tribute design to the Ottawa Senators legend The Ottawa Fireman, a.k.a. Alex Connell. All created in a worthy and old school style.

I love to create tribute designs and to change style from mask to mask. When I work I try to see myself as a movie director, it is my job to direct the design and make it tell the story and feeling the goalie wants. I love the challenge of creating in different styles from mask to mask and be as versatile as possible.

This design is created for Ottawa´s third jersey, and it is also a tribute to the town of Ottawa with the Rideau Canal Skateway and the Canadian Parliament.


Alex Auld Retro Senators Mask


Alex Auld Retro Senators Mask

About The Author

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.


  1. Jordan3

    That’s a beaut .

  2. Dan

    this tiny logo gradient replacing solid color trend has to stop it’s ridiculous; all it does is make things unnecessarily busy and detract from otherwise strong designs

  3. paul szabo

    Whoa Dan, that’s a pretty harsh comment! But in one way I agree- that less is more. I too like the bold and easily identifiable designs of the 70’s and 80’s. However, this technique of log gradient is, in my opinion, not as distracting as what is so common in F1 and motorcycle racing- helmets that are so over-decorated that they all end up looking the same- a kind of cobbler’s nightmare of overkill…

  4. Matt in Montreal

    There’s Daveart and there’s everyone else.

    How can you complain about art?

    Save your criticism for your TV.

    • question3

      It’s easy when you’ve done graphic design for years upon years.

  5. Pat Roy

    I agree with Dan & Paul. Strong clear designs are best.

    • question3

      Absolutely, they’re the most effective, and usually the ones that are the most memorable and the most talked about in a positive light by the commentators.

  6. paul

    Nice use of rice paper for the intricate details! Looks cool but not all psinted!