San Diego Shoutout On Gulls Goalie Anchorman Mask
Ryan Faragher spent last season split between the Utah Grizzlies and the Norfolk Admirals, but this year he’s moved out west full-time as he splits his time between the Grizzlies and the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League.
This is the first season that hockey has returned to San Diego since 2006, when the ECHL Gulls left. Faragher has only gotten to play with the club for four games so far, but the ex-NCAA standout has gone ahead and gotten a mask done up for his West Coast affiliate. Painted by Swedish artist and noted movie buff Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt, it’s a perfect tribute to San Diego.
“When you play in San Diego, a tribute design to the TV host of the city is a sure thing,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook Page.
For those who aren’t as familiar with Faragher, he’s the former St. Cloud State goaltender that backstopped the club to their first-ever Frozen Four appearance. It earned him a one year entry level deal with the Anaheim Ducks in the summer of 2014, and the Gulls kept him on the following year on an AHL contract – where he is now.
It’s hard not to fall in love with the Anchorman-inspired mask, with the iconic Channel 4 logo featured side-by-side with Ron Burgundy and the rest of the news team in Gulls-themed colors. With Faragher’s stellar ECHL numbers this year – and the ever-present wonder what Anaheim is going to do with both John Gibson and Frederik Andersen in their system – we could be seeing a lot more of this mask in the AHL soon enough.