Pingu the Penguin on Wild Goalie Prospect Mask
Johan Gustafsson hasn’t had a spectacular start to his puck-stopping career in North America, but the Swedish goaltender’s new Minnesota Wild mask from painter Jason Livery of HeadStrongGrafx is certainly worth a second look, especially if the penguin that adorns it really is who it appears to be.
Sitting just above Gustafsson’s right eye on the forehead of the otherwise completely team-themed Bauer mask is what appeared to be Pingu the Penguin, the claymation character from a children’s television series. Evidently it was Gustafsson’s favourite show as a kid, which fits the timeline since the goalie is 23 and the popular show ran from 1986 through 2000, with re-runs still on the air today.
The “Wild Animal” logo has been represented in a lot of different ways over the years, and sparked debate about what it truly is – is it a bear, a wolverine, what?
Safe to say, though, that it’s never been mistaken for a penguin, and while the Wild logo looks fierce, Pingo, who is the antithesis of intimidating animals, looks more than just a little bewildered as he scratches his head. In fact, maybe given the direction of Pingu’s glance, he too is trying to figure out just what the heck a Minnesota Wild is too.
Whatever the case, the presence of a timid penguin from a British-Swiss stop-motion animated children’s comedy separates this Wild mask from a lot of others over the years, making Gustafsson’s new lid worth a second up-close look below. For more great masks from Livery check out the HeadStrongGrafx website or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.