Linus Ullmark gives minions a chance to skate on new mask
Linus Ullmark is adorably consistent with his mask designs.
Each and every year, the Buffalo Sabres prospect rolls out a new lid featuring his favorite television character – one of the minions from Despicable Me, who happily peers out from the design at his opponents season after season.
He’s transformed the minion into Captain America and a viking, only rarely straying from the animation-themed designs.
Sure enough, after kicking off his year with a mask designed to honor Swedish heroes instead, he’s back with another minion to bring into the crease:
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Today we have the pleasure to unleash the latest painted mask for my friend Linus Ullmark???. Once again his mask is transformed into his yellow buddy…? And this his buddy is transformed into a hockeyplayer??, and he play so hard so he break through the hockey ice..??? Thanks Linus! It was really fun to paint this bucket for you???. @lullmark @buffalosabres @daveart @amerkshockey @nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity #nhl
Called ‘Banana Action’, the mask brings the minion onto the ice… then hands him an old-school wooden stick and lets him play, too.
“Once again, his mask is transformed into his yellow buddy…” wrote mask artist Dave Gunnarsson, who has collaborated with Ullmark since 2013. “And this his buddy is transformed into a hockey player.”
The minions are known for getting themselves into heaps of trouble – and sure enough, this one skates so hard he breaks right through the ice. Gunnarsson helps the mask pop with pieces of flying ice around the yellow character, letting the design dominate and leaving out any extra details.
Ullmark made a splash when he and his wife both donned their goalie lids at their wedding, and the return of the minions is a sign that he hasn’t lost that fun side. He’s having a pretty strong season, to boot: with an 8-3-0 record and a .924 save percentage through 12 games so far, his presence in net for the AHL’s Rochester Americans has been a huge help already.