Darling Gets Blackhawks Mask In Time For Call Up
Scott Darling got his new Chicago Blackhawks mask just in time to get called back up to the NHL after news Corey Crawford would be out two to three weeks with a lower body injury suffered at a concert this week.
Painted by Jason Livery at HeadStrongGrafx, Darling’s new mask features a nice combination of the Blackhawks logo in colour on the forehead with a mixture of grey-toned alternates logos, headdress feathers and arrowheads spread all over the background.
The backplate features the Latin phrase “Luctor et Emergo,” which translates to “I struggle but I will survive,” or “I struggle/wrestle/ and I emerge/win,” and is the official motto of the Dutch province of Zeeland, celebrating the fact Queen Elisabeth I of England backed the struggle of the Dutch against the Spanish king.
It’s also a fitting slogan for Darling, a 6-foot-6 Chicago native who played for 13 different teams between turning pro 2010 and winning his NHL debut in his hometown in late October.
In between, Darling played in four different leagues before making the NHL, starting with the Louisiana Ice Gators of the Southern Professional Hockey League and spending time with the Witchita Thunder in the now-defunct Central Hockey League in 2011-12. He spent time in the ECHL last season, but is 2-1-0 with a .933 save percentage to start his NHL career this season, and figures to see more time with Crawford out.
With this new mask from HeadStrongGrafx (more pictures below) and a nice set of sock graphic pads from Brian’s Custom Sports, Darling will also look the part. For more great masks from Livery check out the HeadStrongGrafx website or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.