Habs Prospect Zac Fucale’s Halifax Mooseheads Mask
A native of Rosemère, Quebec, Zac Fucale was selected in the second round, 36th overall by the Montreal Canadiens at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The first goaltender selected in the 2013 draft, the 18-year old Fucale will spend another year with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL this season, after leading his team to the Memorial Cup last year.
In 55 games with the Mooseheads in 2012-13, Fucale recorded 45 wins, 5 losses and 3 overtime losses, leading the league in wins. He added 2 shutouts, a 2.35 goals against average (GAA) and a .909 save percentage (Sv%). Fucale led Halifax to their first Memorial Cup in franchise history, with a 3-1-0 record, with a 3.52 GAA and a .902 Sv% in the tournament.
Fucale’s personal painter Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush kindly provided these images of the Moosehead’s star stopper’s helmet for the coming season. “For this year’s mask design instead of a white background Zach asked us to do a mask with a colour shading,” Marsolais told InGoal via email. The design features a bold look that will be easily recognizable from a distance – featuring the team’s green, red and white with a portion of the gold Moose logo overlaid on the bottom portion of the mask with the team slogan, ‘This Is Moose Country’ inlaid.
Like many modern designs though, look closer and there is much more to appreciate, as Marsolais noted. “Into the red parts of the mask,we put some important monuments of Halifax: the Citadel Hill (star shape) and the Clock Tower. We also added the Halifax name and ‘H’ logo in gold into those red parts. On the top centre of the mask you can see two moose fighting. We also added some moose logos in the background of that area. Into the green lines on the sides of the mask we added more moose in silhouette.”
The backplate features more personal tributes on most goaltenders masks – so personal that many choose not to share them publicly, in fact, when their artists send us early photos. Fucale was happy have his passed along though, featuring an Italian flag tribute to his family roots along with the the first initials “FCJJR” for each of his family members and his girlfriend.
Enjoy these photos, including several which feature some of the impressive closeups of the detail work Marsolais added to Fucale’s new mask. Click on any image for a full-sized view.