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Check Out Reto Berra’s Team Switzerland Mask

BerraSwiss3Reto Berra has teamed up with Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush to produce a sleek new mask design ahead of the 2016 IIHF World Championships in Russia.

“Reto wanted some mountains and the team logo, which is a white cross inside a red shield,” Marsolais told InGoal. “We designed the mask like if it was the Swiss flag, so we did the cross like a kind of banner.”

“In the background of the flag you can see some famous mountain in Switzerland, the Matterhorn and the Jungfrau.”

Berra played just 14 games for the Colorado Avalanche this season after being sidelined in late December. The Swiss stopped missed 25 games in all, losing his place to Calvin Pickard as Semyon Varlamov’s deputy in Denver.

The 29-year-old was subsequently waived before being re-assigned to the AHL San Antonio Rampage.

In 64 career NHL games with the Avalanche and Calgary Flames, Berra has posted a .906 save percentage and 2.82 goals-against average, though he has been considerably better for Colorado over the past two season, boasting .918 and .922 save percentages respectively.

He has one more year remaining on his present deal, which carries a cap hit of $1.45 million, before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2017.

Berra has previously represented his national side at four other World Championships, including last years event, and was a member of their roster at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Team Switzerland take on Kazakhstan in their opening game of the 2016 World Championships at the VTB Ice Palace in Moscow on Saturday.

You can find more of Marsolais’ great work on her website and on Twitter. Here are some close ups of Berra’s mask for you to enjoy:

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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).