Halak Pays Homage To Curtis Joseph On Isles Mask
Before you say anything about Jaroslav Halak’s new mask, be forewarned that he knows what he’s doing. The new mask for the Islanders starter may look like an old Oilers mask, but that’s not an accident. In fact, the Slovakian netminder sent pictures of Curtis Joseph’s old Oilers mask to designer and painter David Leroux of Diel Airbrush asking for a similar design, but with a Long Island twist. The finished product looks fantastic and we’re sure Islander fans can get used to this ode to a classic. In particular, it will look great when Halak swoops in and shores up the goalie lineup in New York, which stood out as one of the many reasons they finished poorly after making the playoffs the year before.
The new mask masks a splash in more ways than one. The main feature of the mask is the giant “sploosh” of orange goop flying this way and that. Careful you’re not in the splash radius! The detail from Leroux is very impressive, and according to the artist, he “made a few changes to make it look more 2014”. We like it a lot.
The Islanders logos are on the left and right corners of the mask, fading into the solid white background. Jersey lines of the Islanders blue and orange run horizontally across the chin and stemming up from the awesome orange cage. Halak’s number 41 adorns the chin in a neat chrome blue finish.
In case there was still any confusion, Leroux and Halak put a huge Islanders logo on the top of the mask. Dripping with orange, it absolutely shines with the light on it. Clean and crisp despite the liquid all over the mask, we can’t say enough good things about it!
On the mask’s backplate, there is another Islanders logo, along with the initials of his family, and the coat of arms of Slovakia featuring the Cross of Lorraine. We can’t wait to see this mask in action. Great job, David!
Halak, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, was traded to the Islanders in May of last year from the Washington Capitals, subsequently signing with New York for 4 years. The Islanders had a rough time between the pipes last year, starting three different goalies with only Evgeni Nabokov registering a save percentage above .900 (.905). Surely adding Halak will improve the situation, as he joins former Bruins backup Chad Johnson on Long Island. Halak played well last year, as he split the season with the Blues and Capitals. In a combined 52 games, Halak was 29-13-7 recording a .921 SV% and a 2.12 GAA. Islander GM and former goalie Garth Snow has to like what he’s done in the offseason to address the goaltending woes, and Halak will be looking to make an impression early.
Speaking of impressions, David Leroux knows full well that this is an unorthodox request from a goalie, but he likes the result and so does Halak. The mask looks great, and according to Leroux, “in the end, Jaro is happy and thats what matters!” There you have it, folks.
David Leroux has been Halak’s artist for a while, coming up with such masks as the puck-stopping bull, Halak’s Sochi Olympics mask, and last year’s mask for the Capitals. Be sure to check out the Diel Airbrush website, as well as follow David on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. More of Halak’s sweet new mask below!