Jeff Zatkoff Pays Tribute To Barrasso On New Pens Mask
It’s been a while since Tom Barrasso suited up in a Pittsburgh Penguins uniform. In fact, it’s been almost 12 years since he played in the NHL at all. That didn’t stop Jeff Zatkoff from putting together a tribute to the former franchise netminder on his new mask from Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush Airbrush. Until Marc-André Fleury, Barrasso had the most games played, wins, saves, and shutouts in team history. He does still hold one record: most career points by an NHL goalies with 48 (all of which were assists). He is also the 2nd most winningest U.S. born goalie in NHL history.
Needless to say, his legacy in Steeltown is well earned. Now, fellow American tender Zatkoff has added to that legacy, with a classically simple mask design for the Penguins new throwback third jersey.
According to Marsolais, Zatkoff wanted a “Tom Barrasso tribute mask inspired with those classic simple masks that he had at that time”. Staying with the retro theme of the new jersey, Marsolais has completed a fantastic replica of Barrasso’s old mask with some impressive new and modern features. Both the left and right sides of the mask feature large logos of the famed skating penguin. The simple layout is similar to what one may have seen when Barrasso played in the league.
“Big, flat lines… with some light 3d effects to make it come alive and some rivets” were added to tweak the previous design ever so slightly. The added effects look great and we’re impressed with how much comes from such a simple design. There’s no need to overdo it, and we think Sylvie and Jeff have proved that. The top of the mask has a large black void where Barrasso used to have another logo, but instead of yet another Penguin, it’s Barrasso himself. The gold silkscreen effect is sure to catch the eye of fans in Pittsburgh.
At Zatkoff’s request, the cage of the Vaughn mask, made by Pro’s Choice, is yellow on the outside and white on the inside. The backplate of the mask features a large ‘M’ with a blue military appreciation ribbon above “El Lobo” (Wolf in English), written out in cursive, a reference to Zatkoff’s first mask. The ‘M’ stands for Zatkoff’s alma mater, University of Miami (Ohio). All of these features are customary on Zatkoff’s masks.
Due to the freak blood clot injury to Tomas Vokoun before last year, Zatkoff was thrust into action when Marc-André Fleury faltered. In 20 games last year with Pittsburgh, Zatkoff went 12-6-2, posting a .912 SV%, a 2.61 GAA, and one shutout. Shoring up the position, the Penguins acquired Thomas Greiss in the offseason and that likely pushes Zatkoff into the starting role in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Whether he’s playing Pittsburgh or with the AHL club, we hope Zatkoff gets a chance to showcase this beauty of a mask.
Sylvie Marsolais has painted Zatkoff’s masks before, including his Stadium Series mask and his other mask for the coming year. She has also been featured recently on InGoal with a wicked mask painted for Colorado’s Reto Berra. To see more of Sylvie’s great work, visit the Sylabrush website, or her Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter. You can see the rest of Zatkoff’s tribute mask below!