Mask Honors Boston Marathon Bombing Victims
As the Stanley Cup Final returns to Boston for Games 3 and 4 this week, hockey fans will be reminded of the tragedy that struck the city more than two months ago, when two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day, killing four people and injuring hundreds more.
Among the numerous tributes to the city, the victims, and those who came rushing to their aid, is this new goalie mask, which was commissioned by Boston resident Kyle Acomb in the hopes of soon auctioning it off to benefit related charities.
“It really hit home,” said Acomb, who remembers waiting anxiously to find out if numerous friends and co-workers near the Boston Marathon finish line when the bombs detonated were all right. Acomb counts his blessings none were seriously injured, but wanted to do something for those that weren’t as fortunate. “I wanted to do something different; something that was personal.”
Acomb already had a new mask made by Dom Malerba from Pro’s Choice, a mask-making company located just north of Boston that has protected the heads on numerous Bruins over the years, including current No.1 Tuukka Rask, and planned to have it painted for him by Montreal artist Montreal artist David Leroux of Diel Airbrush.
He quickly altered those plans and asked Leroux, who had painted three masks for him in the past, to instead design and paint a Boston Strong-themed mask in the hopes he could later auction it off and donate all proceeds to charities supporting the victims and their families. Those fund-raising plans probably won’t be finalized until shortly after the Cup Final, but with the Bruins back home to take on the Chicago Blackhawks now is a great time to show off the soon-to-be charity mask.
The beautifully painted mask prominently features the names and portraits of the four victims of the attack – Krystle Campbell, Martin William Richard, Lingzi Lu, and policeman Sean Collier. The names of others injured in the bombings are written on the jaw line of both sides of the mask, with the Boston Marathon logo painted on the chin between them.
The left side features the medal from the 117th Boston Marathon, with its ribbon streaming over and around the mask, dividing the sections honouring the four people that lost their lives in the attack. The right side features “We are one, Boston Strong,” with the American flag painted in the background just above it.
The date of the attack – 4-15-2013 – runs along the top of the mask, and the backplate, which isn’t pictured, includes the Boston Strong ribbon, and a quote from President Barack Obama: “We carry on, we race, we strive.” In the background of the backplate you can see ghosted out the Boylston Street sign and a building that had the number one lighted out.