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Maple Leafs Optimus Reimer Makes Major Transformation … On Mask

Maple Leafs Optimus Reimer Makes Major Transformation … On Mask

James Reimer Transformer mask right side A coaching change isn’t the only transformation going on with the Toronto Maple Leafs right now: Beleaguered goaltender James Reimer is also switching things up with a new mask that plays strongly off his nickname, Optimus Reim.

Like his old lid, which featured the popular Hockey Night in Canada duo of Ron MacLean and Don Cherry, Reimer’s new Transformers-themed mask was painted by Swedish sensation Dave Gunnarsson of

The CBC commentators have been replaced on the right side of the mask by the two forms of Optimus Prime – a dominant shadow of the robot lurking in the shade over the big rig automobile version of the leader of the Autobots – while the left side of the new mask features the Autobot symbol that was turned into a t-shirt to honour Reimer during his breakout rookie season last year.


Will Reimer's new backplate continue to reflect his strong Christian faith? Scott Slingsby photo.

At the time of publishing this piece we hadn’t had a look at the back plate yet so it’s not certain if it will again reflect Reimer’s strong Christian faith. For the complete story behind the most personal part of Reimer’s mask, see this in-depth piece from the InGoal Digital Magazine.

Leafs fans are clearly hoping Reimer, who has struggled to find that frst-year form since coming back from an early season concussion, can “transform” back into the goaltender they had such high hopes for heading into this season.

Friday’s coaching change, with a more structured Randy Carlyle taking over for the fired Ron Wilson, should at least be a better fit with the percentage-based blocking style of puck stopping taught by Leafs’ goalie guru Francois Allaire, who has come under heavy fire in Toronto amid his goalie’s recent struggles but got a vote of confidence from GM and President Brian Burke.

As for the mask? While if it’s a matter of look good, feel good, play good, Reimer could undergo a transformation.

James Reimer Transformer mask right side

James Reimer Transformer mask left side

James Reimer Transformer mask top left side

James Reimer Transformer mask all views

About The Author

Kevin Woodley

Kevin Woodley is a rec-league target and former contributing editor of the Goalie News magazine. He has written about the Vancouver Canucks and NHL for The Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News for the last decade, and covered the 2010 Olympics for The AP.


  1. Kevin

    Wow! It was about time he thinks about his nickname for a mask design! Really great artwork/theme. I hope he keeps this theme for his entire career!

  2. benjamin

    So how is that cage being held on?

    • Tyn

      Prayer, mostly.

  3. joe smith

    excellent paint…both masks equally cool

  4. Pat Roy

    What a mess. Kind of like the Leafs’ season. If the Leafs were in an English soccer division they would’ve been relegated down a division years ago.

  5. Hebert Cumberdale


  6. Andre

    I wonder if Reimer will ever transfor into a real goalie

    • Pat Roy

      Once they trade him, and he’s cured of blue & white disease.

  7. Porelle

    WOW, this is by far the best mask in the NHL (and I’m not a Leaf fan). Amazing lines and details. Very cool mask 5stars

  8. Paul

    It’s another one of those masks that has too much detail. I’m seeing this after seeing it on TV last night. There I had no idea what was on his mask. The only thing I could make out on TV was the Leafs logo on the left. Now that I can see the right side I can see the truck transforming but you can’t make that out on TV or from the stands. The potential to make it simple with the logo was missed. Andre – lmao – good question!

  9. Patrick

    @ Gregnan… who did your mask if I may ask?