Elvis Merzlikins goes Graceland with new mask design
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltending prospect Elvis Merzlikins has been playing – and playing well – for Switzerland’s HC Lugano for the last four seasons. He hasn’t fallen below a .913 save percentage during that time, serving as one of the team’s key pieces since he was 19.
Recently, he and the team put up a stellar performance at the 2017 Spengler Cup, making it to the Final against Team Canada during the international tournament.
While skating out against Canada, Merzlikins sported a new mask – and it’s pretty fantastic.
Designed and painted by Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush Airbrush, the mask pays tribute to Elvis Presley, featuring a rock and roll theme with a subtle nod to Lugano inside the guitars.
In addition, it features the new SubZero paint that goaltenders have been excited to don this year, which changes color based on temperature.
“Elvis was looking for something special, something unique, with Elvis Presley and some guitars,” Marsolais told InGoal.
“We came out with a design with some big guitars, and on them you can see on both side a portrait of Elvis Presley. Inside the guitars you can see his team logo. The cord of the guitar and the outline of the lightning bolts are glow in the dark. The small team logo on each top side of the mask are done with the SubZero paint, so at room temperature they are grey and on the ice they become black.”
Here are a few more looks at the design: