Harvey The Hound Debuts On Thiessen’s New Mask
While the Calgary Flames may have signed a high-profile free agent goaltender in Jonas Hiller, they also picked up AHL regular Brad Thiessen to bolster their depth chart in the crease. Thiessen signed a 1 year/2 way deal in July and will likely start the season with the newly minted Adirondack Flames. To go along with the new contract and a new team, Thiessen has commissioned Marcus Power and Jason Livery of HeadStrongGrafx for a brand new mask chock-full of great features. Included among several logos set aflame is the famous (infamous to some) mascot of the Calgary Flames, Harvey The Hound!
Jason Livery has put together a unique new mask for Thiessen originally designed by Marcus Power. The old Atlanta Flames/new Adirondack Flames ‘A’ sits on the left side of Thiessen’s new mask against a background that’s literally on fire. On the right side, the Calgary Flames ‘C’ supports the big league club. Thiessen’s number 39 is on the chin of the mask in a cartoony, red font.
Honestly, we thought it was pretty good with those slick features, but the piece de resistance is Flames mascot, Harvey the Hound. On the left and right side, Harvey makes his mask debut, set up with some retro goalie gear. On the backplate of Thiessen’s mask, we learn a little bit more about the Aldergrove, BC native. Set between a Canadian flag and a Huskies paw print with Northeastern University colours, is “2 COR. 12:9-10”. The bible passage ends with “I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Thiessen has only played 5 NHL games, but the Flames likely signed him to make starts in upstate New York for their AHL affiliate. He performed well for the Norfolk Admirals in the 18 AHL games he played last year, going 8-6-2 with a .930 SV% and 2.26 GAA. He also spent time in the Finnish Elite League with HIFK. In the past, Thiessen has played for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. The 28 year old will bring experience and stability to the Flames goaltending depth chart and surely play some solid games in the meantime.
Artist Jason Livery just completed two masks for the St. Louis Blues, painting lids for Brian Elliott and Jake Allen earlier this month. You can find more great masks from Livery on the HeadStrongGrafx website. You can also follow HeadStrongGrafx on Twitter and Facebook to see some great new designs and ideas. Check out the rest of Thiessen’s mask below!