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Hellebuyck’s new Jets mask features Byfuglien fishing

Hellebuyck’s new Jets mask features Byfuglien fishing

Connor Hellebuyck went with a winter outdoor theme on his new Winnipeg mask, so it made sense to tip his hat to big Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, a Minnesota native and avid fisherman.

Painted by Steve Nash of EyeCandyAir, the new mask features a goaltender making a save on an outdoor rink on the right side, and a smiling Byfuglien pulling his catch out of an ice-fishing hole on the left:

Hellebuyck explained Byfuglien’s presence later in the day:

Both the goaltender and Big Buff portraits are hand painted within the outline of a Jets logo, tying in the team theme to some of Hellebuyck and his teammate’s personal preferences.

The chin and forehead continue the outdoor theme with a variety of swimming fish and ice chunks:

It’s a great way to combine both sides of Hellebuyck and his teammates. Enjoy all the up-close pictures of the new mask; for more great designs from EyeCandyAir be sure to follow their @eyecandyair account on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as well as the main website.

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Kevin Woodley

Kevin Woodley is a rec-league target and former contributing editor of the Goalie News magazine. He has written about the Vancouver Canucks and NHL for The Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News for the last decade, and covered the 2010 Olympics for The AP.