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Lehner Shows Metal Side With New ‘In Flames’ Mask

Lehner Shows Metal Side With New ‘In Flames’ Mask

12002771_10153617740169819_3003254478674264368_nNew Buffalo Sabres starting goaltender Robin Lehner is a well-known metalhead, so he has decided to show off his favourite band’s logo on his new mask.

The DaveArt design features a large logo on the top of the mask representing the metal band In Flames, who hail from Lehner’s hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. The painter Dave Gunnarsson, who is also Swedish, had this to say about the mask on his Facebook page:

Robin and I had a vision to create a dark and gritty design, inspired by nightmares…

With a violent look filled with scratches and marks and splatter, the design transforms into a tribute to Robin Lehner´s favorite music…

The matte finish of the mask helps the design to become something totally spectacular.

The menacing bison from the Sabres’ logo appears on each side of the mask, and Lehner’s number 40 in a gothic font on the chin completes the design of this fantastic looking mask.

In Flames play a major role in Lehner’s preparation for games, telling Sens TV in 2014 “I listen to them a lot before games and stuff…they’re great.” He had previously included smaller mentions of the band on his masks, so it’s not surprise to see a much larger tribute this time around.

The 24-year-old is hoping to live up to his potential as a former 46th-overall draft pick in his first season with Buffalo. He was traded with David Legwand for a first round pick shortly before the 2015 NHL entry draft.

You can find more of Gunnarsson’s great artwork on his website, Twitter feed, and Instagram account. Here’s a closer look at the new mask design:

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Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.