Rask Roars on New Mask for 2014 Olympics
Tuukka Rask is ready to roar at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Finland’s expected starter has a new Vaughn mask made by Pro’s Choice, and while it continues the signature theme from the design Rask and Pro’s Choice founder Dom Malerba long ago chose for his Boston Bruins’ mask, they replaced the bear with a lion on the forehead, and the Bruins logo with Finnish flags on either side.
The lion, with it’s fierce look and blazing red eyes is appropriate as it is Finland’s national symbol, and appears as the main part of the Finnish Coat of Arms that other goalies have used on their Olympic masks.
Painted by Jesse Acciacca of Jesse’s Custom Design Airbrush Studio, Rask’s new Olympic mask also features “Suomi,” which is the Finnish word for Finland, on the chin, with electric bolts running through and around it, as well as the back edge of the mask.
The Pro’s Choice proprietary Tri Cat Cage has been been painted gold, fitting for the Olympic ambitions of Rask’s Finns, who finished with the silver medal the last time the Winter Games were held on big ice in 2006. The lighting continues to the backplate, which features a knight holding a sword.
It’s a striking mask, which isn’t at all surprising for those familiar with Acciacca’s work, which includes Dwayne Roloson’s incredible “Thor, God of Thunder” mask with the Tampa Bay Lightning. You can see more of the Boston-area artist’s work on his company website, and Facebook Page, and on Twitter. In the meantime enjoy his latest painting on the canvas provided by Pro’s Choice, who are also on Facebook and Twitter: