Madagascar Penguins, Tom and Jerry on Jarry Mask
Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Tristan Jarry will make a stylish, albeit cartoonish, professional debut this season thanks to a new mask featuring the Penguins of Madagascar playing pond hockey against Tom and Jerry.
Painted by Alberta-based artist Jason Bartziokas, who also recently posted Andrew Hammond’s new Hamburglar mask, Jarry’s first mask as a pro features the return of popular cartoon cat and mouse. Tom and Jerry were regularly featured on his junior masks as a play on the goaltender’s “Tom and Jarry” nickname, which was given to him in junior by former teammate Kristian Pelss before he passed away in his native Latvia in 2013.
“Jars wanted to keep his a Tom and Jarry theme but have them playing outside,” Bartziokas explained in an email to InGoal. “When I mentioned the mask I was about to work on, my nephew suggested I watch The Penguins of Madagascar. I did and thought the characters would make perfect reinforcements for Tom and Jerry’s pick-up game.”
Tom and Jerry are wearing opposing home-and-away Penguins jerseys, while the boys from Madagascar are just … well, Penguins. The top features subtle Penguins logos and the animated puck from Hockey Night in Canada, who is apparently upset at being batted around in this perhaps not-so-friendly game of shinny. The backplate still features a portrait of Jarry’s grandfather.
Jarry will have his work cut out for him as a rookie playing behind Matt Murray, who is back in the American Hockey League after dominating it in his first season, but as Jarry told InGoal during a 2013 interview after winning CHL Goalie of the week, he is at least on the leading edge of the new focus on head trajectory.
You can find more from Bartziokas on his Facebook Page as well as on Instagram. He doesn’t have a company website but can be reached through Facebook, by email at [email protected], or on Twitter. In the meantime, enjoy these close ups of Jarry’s new mask that Bartziokas kindly shared with InGoal Magazine: