New Jason Bacashihua mask just in time for Halloween
Like clockwork, you can depend on Hollywood to deliver a fresh batch of cheesy horror films just in time for fast-approaching Halloween.
Similarly, we at InGoal Magazine have come to count on goalie Jason Bacashihua to deliver one of the best masks in pro hockey every season. And since that mask invariably features one of the best ties ins between hockey and horror films of all time – the vintage goalie-mask wearing Jason Voorhees character from the Friday the 13th franchise – we figured this was as good a time as any to present Bacashihua’s latest.
While most of his masks have featured the Jason character on at least once side, if not both, this is the first we’ve seen with the Friday the 13th goalie mask so prominently displayed on the front.
Anyone who knows Bacashihua, however, would be in no way surprised at its status on his mask.
“Growing up I was able to watch all of them,” Bacashihua once told InGoal Magazine of the horror movies. “And when it came time to paint my helmet I thought it was pretty neat: He wears the goalie mask and I’m Jason and here I am a goalie, so I put him on there. I couldn’t put the knife or anything on there so I just threw the hockey stick on there. That’s my thing ever since I was in Utah and got my first painted helmet (in 2002). It’s been him ever since, through all the different paint jobs.”
The infamous Jason character is also featured on both sides of this year’s mask, which was created by legendary Minnesota-based painter Todd Miska.
This time there is a Colorado Avalanche jersey under Voorhees’ foreboding overcoat on the right side and a Team USA jersey under it on the left, a likely reference to the fact the native of Deerborn, Michigan once represented his country at the World Championships. And while these photos don’t show the back of his new lid, it’s a safe bet there is another constant feature from past masks: a play on his nickname.
“Cash is the nickname,” said Bacashihua, who has been in goal since he was four years old. “We had a team with five Jason’s on it and my coach at the time gave me that nickname and it’s been that way ever since.”
His mask during two seasons in the St. Louis organization even included the words “cold” and “hard” written above the “Cash” nickname, making him Cold, Hard Cash for the Blues.
These days Bacashihua is in Lake Erie, and part of the Colorado Avalanche organization, sitting behind Peter Budaj and Craig Anderson on the depth chart. But no matter where the 28-year-old former first-round pick (26th by Dallas in 2001) is playing, count on him doing it with Jason from Friday the 13th on his mask. As bets go, it’s as good as Cash.