Condon’s Mask Honours Military & Hockey History
Mike Condon may have grown up in Needham, Massachusetts in the heart of Bruins country, but you’d never know it looking at his latest mask. Working with Marcus Power and Franny Drummond of PaintZoo, Condon has created a mask that features the proud military history of the United States, as well as a nod to the NHL’s most historic hockey franchise. Of course, being signed as a free agent by said club certainly helps. Currently playing for the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, Condon has performed admirably in the early season and has looked good doing it!
On the left side of the mask, a large Montreal Canadiens logo dominates. Just above the logo, soldiers with helmets and painted faces appear determined and focused. The detail in the facial features is very impressive and the sepia tone gives the illustration a vintage look. As the viewer moves towards the chin, there are small logos in the background of a blue leaf (drawn from the 1912-1913 Canadiens jersey) and red clover.
On the right side of the mask, a throwback logo is featured. From 1913 to 1916, the Habs used a logo that denoted the Canadian Athletic Club, seen on Condon’s mask. It’s a great nod to the early 20th century Canadiens in what would be the 100th anniversary of the installment of the logo. If you look closely in the blue leaves, you can see two other old logos featured from 1910 to 1912. Also on the right side, rows of infantrymen march in unison. Again, the detail and likeness is incredible!
On the backplate of the mask, the Condon family coat of arms is featured prominently. A red rampant lion is drawn on a shield among other personal touches. On the right side, initials of Condon’s family. Below the shield is a tiger-striped ‘P’, a nod to Condon’s alma mater, Princeton. On the left side of the backplate is a sextant, an old naval device used to measure object altitude and is the symbol for Condon’s high school, The Belmont Hill School.
In 10 games this season, Condon is 5-4-1 with an impressive .927 SV% and 2.28 GAA. So far, he’s split starts with Joey MacDonald, but has started 5 consecutive games, winning 4 of those contests. In his career, Condon has spent time in the AHL with the Bulldogs and Houston Aeros and in the ECHL with the Ontario Reign and Wheeling Nailers. Currently in the second year of a two year contract, Condon will be looking to perform well for a new contract in the coming year.
This is the first time we’ve featured Mike Condon on InGoal, but it’s nothing new for painter Franny Drummond and design artist Marcus Power. They’ve put together masks for Philly prospect Anthony Stolarz and are the architects behind the awesome Steve Mason zombie series. If you’d like to see more, be sure to check out Paint Zoo’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also follow Marcus Power on Twitter and see some awesome mask renderings. The rest of Mike’s new mask is below.