Steve Mason had an injury-plagued first season with the Winnipeg Jets, so when it came time to design a new mask he wanted to thank the training staff that helped him get through it. And what better way to say thanks than turning the Jets training staff into fighter pilots on his new mask?
“It was his way to thank them because they took care of him during his recovery,” Marsolais said.
In case anyone wondered who was who, there’s a handy warning sign painted below the images that adorn each side, with “Caution Equipment Managers At Work” on the left side that features Jason McMaster, Head Equipment manager, and Mark Grehan, Assistant Equipment manager:
The cockpit on the right side says “Caution Athletic Therapist At Work,” and features Rob Milette, Head Athletic Therapist, and Brad Shaw, Assistant Athletic Therapist:
The backplate has Mike Flaman, Assistant Equipment manager, and Al Pritchard, Massage Therapist:
If you look closely, the upper left corner of the backplate also features a silhouette of a young girl flying in the sky by holding onto some balloons – it’s Mason’s young daughter Emma.
“We kept mainly the same graphics as his previous mask, with the Jets logo on the forehead [and his number] 35 on the chin, but this time we added more colors all over the mask,” Marsolais said. “We also put a couple of rusty rivets on the Jets logo and 35 to match them with the CF-18 fighter jets body. We went with a matte finish for the cage and the mask.”
“There’s a fight going all over the mask, with some fighter jets shooting missiles, and some enemies pilot ejected of their planes with their parachutes open,” Marsolais said.
Be sure to check out the Sylabrush website, Twitter feed and Instagram page for more great goalie masks, and in the meantime enjoy some more of these beautiful images of Mason’s new mask, courtesy of Marsolais and photographer Sébastien Gervais: