Dominik Hasek Featured On Neuvirth’s Sabres Mask
As a child, Michal Neuvirth idolized Domink Hasek. While the Czech legend started his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks, he made his mark in the history books with the Buffalo Sabres. Picked up by the Sabres last year, Neuvirth has been put in a perfect position to pay homage to Hasek. He’s doing just that with a new mask from Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt. As you can see in the following video, Neuvirth has nothing but admiration for one of the best the game has ever seen. Hasek will see his jersey rise to the rafters of the First Niagara Center this year, as the Sabres plan to retire the number 39.
“The Dominator” is featured prominently on the left side of the mask with a portrait, as well as several action shots. The detailed Buffalo logo used on Sabres jerseys for ten years from 1996 t0 2006, Hasek’s most productive years, is featured prominently as well. On the right side of the mask, there appears to be an animal skin stretched out over the skull. The detail and ingenuity is impressive!
Neuvirth was brought in last season in a trade with the Washington Capitals to help out Jhonas Enroth in the absence of Ryan Miller. While Neuvirth is probably slated as the backup, Head Coach Ted Nolan will give him every chance to fight for the starting job. Neuvirth only played 15 games last season with the Capitals and Sabres, but he played well. A misleading record of 4-8-2 contradicts a strong .921 SV% and a 2.73 GAA. Clearly playing on the offensive minded Caps and woeful Sabres hurts the numbers, but Neuvirth should be one of the bright spots on the Sabres roster, especially with this sick new mask!
Dave Gunnarsson was featured recently on InGoal with James Reimer’s new ‘Optimus Reim’ mask and he’s got another beauty completed for Neuvirth (as you can see in the video). You can check out Gunnarsson’s website, follow him on Twitter and/or Instagram, and Like his page on Facebook for more awesome mask designs and paint jobs.