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Martin Biron channels Gilles Gratton with new Winter Classic Mask

Martin Biron channels Gilles Gratton with new Winter Classic Mask

Our good friends at Eyecandyair sent along these shots of Martin Bion’s Winter Classic mask – a tribute to former Ranger Gilles Gratton and his iconic mask by Greg Harrison.

In a time when goaltenders had very simple and bold designs, the lion Gratton wore raised the bar on detail work in mask designs.

Both Rangers with bold personalities, Gratton and Biron also share the “Leo” zodiac sign, which was apparently Gratton’s original inspiration for the design. It’s interesting to note though that Gratton claimed the design was a tiger…

Yesterday we brought you an insider look at Biron’s somewhat quirky use of sock tape (check out the video, it really is incredible to see). We’re glad to hear that he’s grabbing his fair share of attention on HBO’s 24/7 which is filming now, but thankful he hasn’t resorted to Gratton’s old trick of skating onto the ice with nothing but his goal skates on!

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Martin Biron Winter Classic Lion Mask

Martin Biron Winter Classic Lion Mask

Martin Biron Winter Classic Lion Mask

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David Hutchison

David is one of the founders of InGoal Magazine which he began in 2009. Of course he finds time for some goaltending of his own as well, and despite his age, clings desperately to the idea that some NHL team will call him to play for them - though in his mid-forties (OK, late 40s) it'll likely be for a practice when everyone else on their depth chart has the flu and the shooter tutor has gone in for repairs.

5 Comments

  1. Joe from Chicago

    This is a little creepy, but who cares! That’s really cool. Gratoony the Loony will continue to haunt my goalie dreams forever.

  2. TheGoalieKid

    sweet mask

  3. Danielle

    I’m vaguely disappointed that a chicken or a horse wasn’t involved in the design…

  4. Chris A.

    Why did he go through the trouble and expense to have that mask made up when we all damn well know that he’s not playing in the game as long as Lundqvist is alive and breathing.

  5. Jim

    This is so sweet! Can’t wait to see this mask in the show with your retro gear.