Fucale’s Mooseheads Mask Features Canadian Classic
Halifax Mooseheads goaltender Zach Fucale is likely the envy of many a Canadian teenager. He’s already played for his country in two international tournaments (2012 Ivan Hlinka and 2014 IIHF WJC), set QMJHL records for wins as a rookie and won Defensive MVP of the league, won a Memorial Cup a year later with the Mooseheads, and oh, did we mention he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft?! While Fucale has accomplished a great deal already in his young career, you can bet he’s nowhere near finished. His latest mask from Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush Airbrush shows just how dialed in Fucale is for the upcoming season. Showing off his Italian heritage, the Mooseheads great logos, and a piece of Canadian history, Fucale is clearly ready for 2014-2015!
According to the artist, Fucale “is a determined kid and he knew exactly what he wanted”. The background colours of green, white, and red running from left to right are not only a nod to Fucale’s Italian heritage, but the Mooseheads primary colours! Funny how things work out. The top of the mask is dominated by the classic Mooseheads logo that’s been used since the junior team’s inception in 1994. Fucale’s number 31 sits on the chin of the mask in a similar style.
During last year, a replica of the famous Bluenose was harboured in Halifax. Fucale liked the sailboat so much, he figured it would be a great addition to his newest mask. The Bluenose is featured on the left side of the mask against a backdrop of the Halifax harbour. Nicknamed “The Queen of the North Atlantic”, the Bluenose didn’t lose a race in it’s 17 year racing career from 1921 to 1938. Just below the boat graphic, you can see a faded sign stating, “This Is Moose Country”. We’ll keep our heads up!
On the right side of the mask, Fucale “wanted a realistic moose with a green background”, said Marsolais. The moose looks like he’s not to be trifled with, sporting fiery eyes and a full rack of antlers on his head. Looking as if he’s about to charge, we wouldn’t be surprised if opposing players took a few steps back upon their first introduction to the mean looking mammal.
The backplate of Fucale’s mask sports a wooden calligraphic “Halifax” below two mottos. “Create The Edge” and “Win The Day” are inspirational, and have likely been mantras for Fucale’s hockey success. We’re watching Fucale closely this year and hoping for more of the same.
Fucale has excelled with the Mooseheads for the past three seasons, ranking among the league leaders in wins, save percentage, and goals against average, not to mention the Memorial Cup win two years ago. Starting 5 games for Team Canada at last year’s IIHF World Junior Championship, Fucale and Company weren’t able to end the unfortunate medal drought that has hit the international epicenter of hockey. Fucale will likely have another chance for World Junior gold, as he’s projected to be the starter on his home ice in Montreal this year. Drafted by the Canadiens, and sitting behind Carey Price, Peter Budaj, and Dustin Tokarski, Fucale will have to wait for now to make his first NHL start.
Sylvie was also the artist for Fucale’s Mooseheads mask last year in addition to painting a sensational charity mask Fucale auctioned off with the proceeds going towards “La fondation Autisme Laurentide“, a organization set up to help families with autistic children. To see more of Sylvie’s great work, visit the Sylabrush website, or her Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter.