Kings Bernier Joins Quick in Going Retro for Canucks Season Opener
Mask and Reebok pads sport kings original purple and gold colours
Jonathan Bernier didn’t go quite as far as partner Jonathan Quick’s vintage brown pads and retro tribute mask, but the new Los Angeles backup went out of his way to make sure he matched the King’s colourful throwback jerseys.
Bernier added a gold and purple twist to his customized Reebok Revokes to mirror the vintage sweaters the Kings will wear four times this season, starting with the season opener in Vancouver on Saturday night. And even though Bernier and the Kings won’t be wearing the old-school jerseys when he gets his first start on Sunday in Calgary, he still donned the matching gear – and a new mask from famed artist Dave Gunnarsson – just for morning skate and to sit on the bench Saturday. Those who got to see the colorful setup make its debut were glad he did.
“I’ve got a picture of Rogie Vachon on one side of the mask and his autograph as well,” Bernier told InGoal Magazine of his colorful new lid after the skate.
In addition to a couple copies of the crown that is featured on the old jersey crest, Bernier’s new mask features his number “45” on the chin, and the film rolls that are also a part of his regular mask, a tribute to Hollywood. On the backplate are the initials of his brother, Marc-Andre Bernier, a draft pick of the Canucks, as well as his grandfather and a cousin who both passed away.