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Belfast Giants Goalie Goes Back To The Future On Mask

murphy_front_backBelfast Giants goaltender Stephen Murphy may spend more time facing pucks travelling at 88 MPH than cars, but that hasn’t stopped the British Elite League goaltender from honouring one of cinemas most iconic vehicles on his latest mask design.

Working with Colin Lees of Anarchy Air Airbrushing in Hamilton, Scotland, Murphy’s new mask features Doc Brown and Marty McFly in the same pose they adopted on the poster for 1989’s Back to the Future Part II, with the famous Delorean speeding off on another adventure on the back plate.

“The process starts with the client giving me the basic details of the design they want,” Lees said. “One thing Stephen was sure he wanted was a tribute to something from the Belfast area.”

But Murphy admits initially he was unsure on the actual specifics of the design.

“I was kind of struggling for an idea,” Murphy said. “I’m interested in to engineering and am studying it at University at the moment, so I was thinking about how I could work that in to the design”

“I looked up some engineering stuff in Belfast, came across the Delorean and I remembered that it was actually built here in Norther Ireland. So I thought it was a great idea to include it in the design – and obviously Back to the Future kind of made it what it is now!”

“When I spoke to Colin he was pretty happy to go with it. Once I’d given him the idea that was it, he went away and did all the work,” Murphy admits with a smile. “He’s very talented.”

MURPHY IN ACTION FOR THE GIANTS AGAINST EDINBURGH (Photo: William Cherry/Press Eye)

MURPHY IN ACTION FOR THE GIANTS AGAINST EDINBURGH (Photo: William Cherry/Press Eye)

“You can’t mention the Delorean without Back to the Future” Lees said.

“Once we had a starting point, we looked for images that would suit the mask and collated the ideas together. I love working with a client like ‘Murph’ because once we had the basic idea he allowed me to do my own thing with the art. His mask has turned great and I hope he has a great season wearing it!”

The design also features the Belfast’s logo on the right hand side of the mask, as well as the ‘Giants’ script across the crown of the mask, with the veteran goaltender’s nickname, ‘Murph,’ on the chin cup in a similar style to the Back to the Future title imagery from the popular trilogy.

Murphy has just started his eighth season with the Northern Irish club, during which time he has won two Elite League championships and an EIHL playoff title. He also represented an Elite League Select side against the Boston Bruins in fall 2011, taking on the then Cup champions in an exhibition game held in Belfast.

You can find more of Anarchy Air Airbrushing’s great work on their website, Facebook page and Twitter account. Meanwhile check out these great close ups of Murphy’s awesome new mask:

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About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).

4 Comments

  1. Colin GrUbb

    Glad you’ve done a story about Colin and AnarchyAir he is a very talented guy.
    Colin painted my sons mask this summer when we were on vacation in Scotland and all the goalies here in Houston Tx are envious and are thinking of sending their masks to Colin next summer!!

  2. Jim Foster

    Colin has done approximately seven masks for me ranging from very personal (family coat of arms ) to wacky (minion mask) and everything between including a few with my team emblem . He has 2 of mine at the moment waiting to be done and I can’t wait to see what he does with them . JIM

  3. Mac

    I’ve seen Colin’s work from snow boards, wine racks, one off guitars, golf clubs, fuel tanks for motorbikes and helmets of all description s. You name it if it’ll take paint Colin will make it unique and meaningful to you. Every time I see his photos the work gets better. Can honestly say if Anarchy Air post something on social media I always have to look. Murph’s Giants lid hits a home run!!

  4. Jordan McCafferty

    I’ve known Leesy for the best part of 20 years through playing club hockey together and can say he’s a top guy aswel as a top talent with the paint. He painted my General Lee (dukes of hazzard) mask earlier this year and it turned out better than ever imagined! It’s no surprise that his services are in such high demand…. Y’all won’t be disappointed.