Roberto Luongo’s New Mask
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Roberto Luongo has a new mask, but the way things are going for Vancouver’s No.1 goalie right now, Canucks fans might not get to see it for a while. When you haven’t lost in regulation in two months and are 14-0-5 the last 19, even the least superstitious goalie would be loathe to change things up.
“Exactly,” Luongo told InGoal Magazine of why he hasn’t yet switched the 40th anniversary mask painted by Marlene Ross. “Right now we’ll leave it as is. It will be nice to look at and then when it’s time we will start wearing it.”
As for the inspiration behind the simplistic design, Luongo said it was just a matter of tying the look into retro jerseys the team is wearing in celebration of 40 years in the NHL. The “V” on the chin echoes the sleeve of those special occasion sweaters the Canucks have used this season, and the logo on the forehead is the original stick-in-rink design from the same jerseys.
“I just wanted to put something regarding the whole 40th anniversary so that’s the whole chin part with the stripes like the jersey, and the top is obviously the original logo,” Luongo said.
As for the striping on the sides of Luongo’s new lid, it wasn’t part of the original green and blue jerseys, but actually recalls the old red and yellow skate logo. The backplate, like the rest of the background on Luongo’s new and most recent masks, is painted off white to continue the “vintage” feel.
Unlike many of his puck-stopping peers, there are no personal messages back there.
“I used to but it’s been a few years and I don’t do that anymore,” he said. “I don’t have to have something on my mask for the people I love to know.” (unlike John Grahame who has his Grandmothers featured as pin-up girls!)
Unlike a pair of pads, he also doesn’t need any time to break in the new mask because the Michel Lefevre product “is custom molded to my face.”
With a streak like the one Luongo and the league-leading Canucks are on right now, however, that won’t be the determining factor in the mask’s NHL debut.
If you liked Lou’s mask, Check out Cory Schneider’s Canuck tribute mask.
This week InGoal also debuted Steve Mason’s Third Jersey Mask, Andrew Raycroft’s Glittering helmet in Dallas as well as a sharp new design out of Philadelphia for Boston goalie Tuukka Rask.