Charline Labonté’s Canadian Olympic Mask
Yesterday InGoal presented the mask Geneviève Lacasse will be taking to Sochi for the Olympic Winter Games, and today we are pleased to offer the first look at her Canadian teammate Charline Labonté’s design from Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush.com. Like her teammate, Labonté went with a black base on her mask for this striking design which is equal parts bold design and subtle details.
The large red Canadian Maple Leaf on the front that wraps to the sides and will be easily visible from afar but has fine details to offer those up close. ‘Canada’ is painted across the chin where many goaltenders might include a nickname but as we know now, personal names and much more are not allowed on goal masks by the IOC. In a note to InGoal, Marsolais discussed the design’s inspiration and the imagery on the sides of the mask: “[Labonté] basically told us to do what we wanted but she specified that she liked the other mask that we did for her that has an old picture of some pioneers of women’s hockey. She also mentioned that she trained at Apex mountain in BC with the rest of the team which was an important part of the team’s development.”
Marsolais went on to discuss the detail in the mask, “There are little fine details in the mask such as three little Canadian maple leaves that represent the three gold medals won by the women’s team, little snow flakes can be seen when the light hits them as well.”
“For the backplate, there are flames to represent those from the Olympic torch. There’s the gold infinite logo that represent the three goalies spirit. There’s also a bird in the flames that represents Charlie’s old team logo.” The logo Marsolais calls “gold infinite” can also be seen on Lacasse’s backplate with the 1,2,3 representing the three Canadian goaltenders.