Optimus Reim is Ready to Roll Out!
Working with Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt, Reimer’s new mask features the Autobot leader Optimus Prime as he appeared in the classic 1980’s Transformers cartoon series – just with a little more blue, naturally.
It’s not the first time the robotic hero has appeared on Reimer’s mask, with the film version from Michael Bay’s popular motion pictures also appearing on a previous design, after the puck stopper was dubbed ‘Optimus Reim’ by fans.
The Maple Leafs’ goaltender had been in great form prior to suffering a lower body injury, going 7-4-4 with a .935 save percentage, ranked second in the NHL, and 2.01 goals-against average, the fourth lowest in the league.
Many felt the Manitoba native might have wrestled the Toronto starting role away from Jonathan Bernier thanks to his upturn in form, with Reimer’s use of head trajectory discussed on Hockey Night in Canada recently.
General Manager Lou Lamoriello faces a tough decision over the Reimer’s future however, as the former Red Deer Rebel approaches unrestricted free agency.
With Bernier signed through until 2017, and Garrett Sparks making an impressive start to his NHL career, the Maple Leafs appear well stocked at the upper end of their goaltending chart; though an injury to Sparks tested the clubs overall depth recently, with the Toronto Marlies forced to sign veteran Ray Emery to a PTO as the club struggled to deal with the absence of both Reimer and Sparks.