Ducks’ Prospect Marcoux Features E.T. On Mask
Étienne Marcoux has a nickname that lends itself to some pretty great mask designs. The Anaheim Ducks prospect is playing his first year of professional hockey, and while he is currently listed on the ECHL Utah Grizzlies roster, the underrated rookie may yet join the AHL Norfolk Admirals at some point this season. Since 2009, Marcoux and artist Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush Airbrush have teamed up to bring exciting to mask designs to the ice. The latest design incorporates the Ducks and Admirals logos, a famous silhouette from the E.T. movie, and a few other exciting features.
On either side of the mask, the Norfolk Admirals battleship logo blasts cannons towards the front of the mask. It’s a simple, but effective design that shows where Marcoux is looking to play soon. Also along the side of the mask are some great holographic features. If you look closely, you can see small ducks fly in formation above the battleships.
On the top of the mask, Marcoux requested “the old Mighty Ducks logo, but with a mean look”, according to Marsolais. It represents the ultimate goal of Marcoux. At the moment, he’s starting for the ECHL Utah Grizzlies, but the underrated prospect will continue to push towards the National Hockey League. On the chin of the mask, his nickname, E.T., is set against several stars on a black background.
E.T., the alien, makes an appearance on the mask too! On the backplate of Marcoux’s mask, the iconic scene unfolds as Elliott and E.T. ride the flying bike in front of a full moon, just ahead of the some more ducks flying in the V formation. Also on the backplate, the cystic fibrosis logo sits on the right side. It’s an homage to Marcoux’s best friend who is afflicted with the disease.
As mentioned, Marcoux has yet to suit up for the AHL Admirals or the Anaheim Ducks, but he did make his professional debut with the Utah Grizzlies against the Idaho Steelheads on October 17th of this year. In his three years with the Blainville-Biosbriand Armada of the QMJHL, Marcoux played 135 games, going 81-34-13, with a save percentage of .905 and a GAA of 2.42. In his three games this year with the Grizzlies, the La Plaine, Québec native has yet to record his first win, but will likely not be kept out of the victory column for long.
Marsolais has painted for goalies playing at all levels of hockey, including Anton Khudobin’s 2014-2015 Carolina Hurricanes sorcerer mask, Antoine Bibeau’s Marlies tribute to Johnny Bower, and Zach Fucale’s Halifax Mooseheads mask featuring Bluenose II. To see more of Sylvie’s great work, visit the Sylabrush website, her Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter. The rest of Marcoux’s mask is below.