Rinne Gets FaceHug on New Nashville Monster Mask
If major hip surgery couldn’t stop Pekka Rinne, a “facehugger” on his mask won’t either.
Rinne, whose offseason surgery included the drilling of holes in his hip to stimulate the regrowth of cartilage, has taken his annual take on the Nashville Predators name to another level with this new mask from David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, adding the facehugger over top of his version of the Predator.
“Is Pekka Rinne a badass goalie or what?” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page. “Even though he has a facehugger stuck on his predator face, he just keep on playing, nothing can stop this dude! He use the facehugger as his goalie mask! Watch out this facehugger doesn’t attack you, I don’t think it’s comfortable to have that in the face.”
You can see some of the past versions of Rinne’s Predators mask at InGoal, including the eye-bulding models in 2010-11 and 2011-12, the wolf-like 2012 version and another designed by a contest winner, as well as the 2012 departure from the theme – a honky tonk mask, and another different look in 2009-10.
Maybe the Predator should be a picture of Rinne’s glove, after all, as InGoal once wrote in a feature on how he developed such a great catching hand playing Finnish baseball, it is where rebounds go to die.