Andrei Vasilevskiy’s Frozen Dome Mask Revealed
In three days time, on November 22nd, the Syracuse Crunch will battle the Utica Comets in the AHL Frozen Dome Classic. Usually the home of the 23rd ranked Syracuse Orange basketball team, the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York will host the Crunch and Comets. Andrei Vasilevskiy has commissioned Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush Airbrush to design a special mask for the game, and it’s a doozie! Almost 50,000 fans will get a chance to see the mask in person on Saturday night, and Vasilevskiy will try to backstop the Crunch against the AHL’s top team. The mask nicely incorporates components of the Crunch, Syracuse University, and even his home country of Russia.
On the left and right sides of the mask, the background is the famed Carrier Dome. In the foreground, Otto the Orange, Syracuse’s mascot, grins. Above the stadium, stalactites hang from the top of the mask. The detail is fantastic and we love the features Sylvie has included.
On the chin of the mask, the goalie’s nickname “Vasy” is written in an old script font, with the ‘S’ replaced with the Syracuse University logo. It’s a great way to show support for the school and it will likely endear Vasilevskiy to the home crowd even more. The Vaughn mask, made by Pro’s Choice, also features the ‘Frozen Dome’ logo on top of the mask. The large, orange ‘V’ is just above the cage.
On the backplate of the mask, another orange ‘V’ has the original Syracuse mascot, “Crunchman” bursting through the uprights. Towards the bottom of the V, there is a faint Russian coat of arms as well. The mask matches well with the set of Brian’s pads Vasilevskiy had made for the game. He’s going to look good, that’s for sure.
In 7 games so far this season for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vasilevskiy is 2-2-3 with a 2.94 GAA and a .897 SV%. He’ll have to be excellent, as well as get some goal support, against the Utica Comets, who are 1st in the league and have allowed a league low 26 goals. Vasilevskiy is one of the more promising goaltending prospects in the NHL, showing his pedigree by winning the 2014 IIHF World Hockey Championship. He’ll be on the big stage Saturday night and has a chance to make another statement.
Marsolais’ latest creations include the E.T. design for Étienne Marcoux of the Utah Grizzlies and the Long Island landscape mask for Philippe Trudeau of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. To see more of Sylvie’s great work, visit the Sylabrush website, her Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter.