Reto Berra Stays Frosty With New Avs Mask
The Colorado Avalanche surprised everyone last year, finishing 2nd in the Western Conference and 3rd in the NHL. The talented group of youngsters put in the hard yards for rookie coach and Jack Adams Award winner, Patrick Roy, and were backstopped admirably by Semyon Varlamov. However, General Manager Greg Sherman wasn’t sitting pretty either. At the trade deadline, Sherman picked up Swiss standout Reto Berra from the Calgary Flames for a 2nd round pick to replace the retiring Jean-Sébastien Giguère. Well, Berra only played 2 games last year for Colorado, so he’s likely looking to make his mark in the mile-high city. This new mask from Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush should go a long way to making a good impression with the Avalanche faithful and yetis everywhere.
Berra’s new lid is loaded with great features, and the illustrations from Marsolais are impressive, to say the least. On top of the mask, an abominable snowman roars, with sleek white fur and ferocious fangs. He’s got his hands/paws firmly planted on the two Avalanche logos on the left and right sides of the mask. Behind the monster, sparkling mountains shoot up into the sky, and small, hologram yeti prints (the shoulder patch for Avalanche jerseys in the past) almost look like snowflakes.
The same footprints are on the chin of Berra’s mask, sitting behind Berra’s number 20. A sharp looking “Avalanche” site just above the cage of this CCM mask, and it looks like whistling winds are carrying snowdrifts down the sides of the mask. The Swiss born goalie likely knows a thing or two about snowy peaks, so this mask surely rings true.
Berra was in a tough spot last year, starting his NHL career with the woeful Calgary Flames, so he must have been excited for the opportunity to play for a team gunning for the playoffs. Now, with Giguère retiring, Berra is poised to make a good impression with coach and Hall of Fame goalie, Roy. While Varlamov has the starting job all but locked down, Berra should provide adequate backup. In his 31 games last year, Berra went 9-18-3, holding a .893 SV% and a 3.07 GAA. A lot of that is due to the poor personnel in front of him in Calgary, but he’ll probably agree that he has to be better next year.
Marsolais has put together a great looking mask, and it isn’t the only one she’s worked on lately. Zach Fucale called upon Sylvie to paint this fantastic mask featuring the Bluenose sailboat. To see more of Sylvie’s great work, visit the Sylabrush website, or her Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter.