Malcolm Subban honors #VegasStrong with new mask
It’s a brand new team for Malcolm Subban.
The 2012 first-round pick was claimed off waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights at the start of the 2017-18 season, giving him a shot to move up the depth chart and debut as an NHL backup after years in the AHL with the Boston Bruins system.
He’s been out of commission for a while with a lower-body injury, falling victim to the in-net misfortunes that took starter Marc-Andre Fleury and third goaltender Oscar Dansk out of commission, as well.
He’s back now, though – and his return brought an incredible new mask to the table, as well:
Titled ‘Vegas Strong’, Subban mask heartbreakingly speaks for itself.
Rather than going with the dazzling Sin City theme that many of the team’s other goaltenders have chosen so far (and there have been six who have dressed so far, and counting), the 23-year-old honored the resilient city still recovering from the deadliest individual mass shooting in United States history.
It’s another strong design by Swedish mask artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, who proved his versatility with a clean, singular focus to this particular mask.
“Malcolm and I discussed how to create the design,” Gunnarsson wrote, via Instagram. “We came up with a plan, a clean and subtle design, built on #VegasStrong and the skyline of Vegas.”
Using the Vegas Golden Knights gold-and-black color scheme, the design uses an almost sunset-inspired skyline, with the rising structures all done in black shadow and backlit by a golden chrome sky. There’s the Welcome To Las Vegas sign, along with the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower, the New York New York Statue of Liberty, and the Stratosphere Tower – of which the real structures all famously went dark to honor the Vegas victims this October – along with the High-Roller ferris wheel, which lit up red, white, and blue after the shooting.
The mask pays homage to the Golden Knights with the team’s shoulder patch on each side in prominent white and red, and the alternate logo is stamped throughout the design in holographic Holosphere FX paint – but with the words ‘Vegas Strong’ emblazoned across the top, the mask is first and foremost a tribute to the city and the tragedy it’s still working to overcome.
Subban has yet to make his return to the net since going down on October 21st – but needless to say, it will be more than a bit moving to see the mask make its regular season debut.