Country Lovin’ Capitals Prospect Goes Patriotic
Eddie Pasquale knew what he wanted when he asked Frank Cipra of Cipra Designs to put together the prospect’s latest mask for the Washington Capitals. He asked that his love of country music, his family, and favourite hobby be featured prominently on the mask. After accommodating Pasquale, Cipra took hold of the design and put together a masterpiece! This mask has everything, from George Washington to Trace Adkins, George Strait to a screeching eagle, and four leaf clovers to stars and stripes. It’s a unique design that showcases Pasquale’s personality and preferences while featuring the best of the Washington Capitals colours and logos. Though he is originally from Toronto, Pasquale has clearly acclimated well to the American lifestyle and sentiments.
On the left side of the mask, a portrait of Trace Adkins sits amongst the stars and stripes. Just above him, the “new-age” Washington Capitals lettering adorns the mask, and only slightly above that, a majestic eagle head screeches. The detail in the portrait and eagle head are incredible and sure to impress anyone who has seen either the country star or the bird in person!
Along the chin, Pasquale’s nickname, “Squals”, is written in old-fashioned lettering set against the American flag’s red and white stripes. A four leaf clover is nestled in the ‘Q’. We can only assume that’s for a little luck! The matte finish of the entire mask follows a trend set in the big leagues by Jonas Hiller and it’s an interesting look that really accentuates the detail on this mask in particular. We love it!
On the right side of the mask, there are two more portraits separated by a cursive “Washington”. A smiling George Strait, another country singer, is just below the lettering in a white cowboy hat. Above the letter sits George Washington, the first president of the United States of America. Again, the detail is astounding. Down the center of the mask, a modern Capitals logo is set against vertical red and white stripes.
On the back of the mask, Pasquale provides a more personal look. On the right, a grinning bass denotes Pasquale’s love for bass fishing. Towards the bottom of the backplate there is a picture of his dog, Dutch, and on the left, the number 80, a tribute to Grandfather.
Originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers franchise in 2009, Pasquale spent time with the Chicago Wolves (AHL), Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL), and, when the Thrashers relocated to become the Winnipeg Jets, the St. John’s IceCaps (AHL). During the 2014 NHL Entry Draft he was traded to the Washington Capitals and continues to recover from surgery he underwent in February. After he’s back, Pasquale is expected to challenge Phillip Grubauer for the staring job in Hershey of the AHL. In his 136 AHL career games, Pasquale is 66-59-7, with a .910 SV% and 2.52 GAA, with 10 shutouts. He also led St. John’s to the Calder Cup Conference Finals in 2012.
Frank Cipra has been designing goalie masks for a while and is somewhat of a legend in the mask community. He is the artist behind the famous Cujo masks painted for Curtis Joseph and you can read his thoughts here in an interview done by InGoal in 2009. Be sure to visit Cipra Designs’ website as well as their Facebook page. You can check out the rest of Eddie Pasquale’s patriotic mask below!