InGoal Magazine Staff | Aug 14, 2019 | 0
Labarbera Turns Wild Wing Stone Cold In New Mask
Jason Lababera is known for depicting some rather hardcore wrestling characters on his masks in the past. Portraits have included CM Punk, The Ultimate Warrior, The Undertaker, Sean Michaels, and Brett “The Hitman” Hart, among many others. However, this might be one of the first times Labarbera has transformed a mascot into one of those grappling entertainers. In collaboration with Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt, Labarbera has taken the Anaheim Ducks’ Wild Wing and turned him “Stone Cold”. Labarbera is new in town, but is sure to make a few fans with this mask design alone!
Aptly titled, “Stone Cold Duck”, this mask design from Swedish artist Dave Gunnarsson is the latest installment in Jason Labarbera’s entertaining line of mask art. According to Gunnarsson’s Facebook page, “Just as the real Stone Cold this duck burst out through glass and pieces are flying all over.” Watch yourself! The left side of the mask holds the old Mighty Ducks logo in a cool graphic bordered by the Anaheim Ducks orange introduced back in 2010. Towards the chin, a fist comes out of nowhere and smashes through the background.
On the right side of the mask, the newer Ducks webbed “D” sits encased in the same border as the left side. Instead of Wild Wing’s cartoon fist though, the trademark of CM Punk is painted just under the cage. Labarbera is obviously a huge WWE fan and if you are putting any stock into just how many times certain wrestlers have appeared on his masks, you might be forgiven for saying CM Punk is his favourite.
On the top of the mask is where things really get fun. Gunnarsson says Labarbera “is a huge Stone Cold Steve Austin fan… so of course he pops up on his new mask. Stone Cold transformed into a duck… or more precise; Stone Cold Duck…!” You can see Wild Wing looks a little different, but that’s because he has taken on this new persona, complete with Stone Cold Steve Austin “logos” and the recognizable “stubble”. The orange blazing behind Wild Wing’s eyes and swinging fists clearly show he and Labarbera mean business.
The Ducks are Labarbera’s sixth NHL team in his career, which he has spent mostly as a backup, playing 29 games or more only twice. Stints with the Rangers, Kings, Canucks, Coyotes, Oilers, and Rockford IceHogs (Blackhawks AHL affiliate) have led the Burnaby, BC native to Anaheim and the bright lights of Southern California once again. Labarbera only played seven games in the NHL last year, but he’s proven himself as a reliable backup in years past. In his 13 years in the NHL, Labarbera has a deceiving record of 60-73-19, with a save percentage of .907 and a goals against average of 2.86. With Frederik Andersen only in his second year, and first as an undisputed starter, he’ll need all the help and support he can get. That’s what Labarbera has done in the past, and has done so in spades. With the new mask, he’ll look good too!
Dave Gunnarsson also painted the mask for Ducks’ starter, Frederik Andersen, bringing the LEGO man to the NHL. Gunnarsson is featured regularly on InGoal and you can check out his website, follow him on Twitter and/or Instagram, and Like his page on Facebook for more awesome mask designs and paint jobs. For the rest of the closeups from Labarbera’s ‘Stone Cold Duck’, just keep scrolling!