Semyon Varlamov’s “Commando Yeti vs Frosty” 2011-2012 Colorado Avalanche Mask
Perhaps inspired by the Avalanche’s inherent winter theme or by his playful Winter Classic mask, Semyon Varlamov’s new Colorado Avalanche mask for features a snowy battle between a Yeti, the Avalanche’s former mascot, and a red eyed Frosty the snowman.
Dave Gunnarsson of Daveart.com says that the mask is a “mix of Rocky Mountains and Russia, a lot and a lot of cool details. For example one of the mountain tops are transformed into one of the tops of the Vasilij Cathedral, and you also find a cool russian jet flying there, and much much more…!”
This mix of images representing Varlamov’s native and adopted countries are more obviously represented with the inclusion of the American flag on the right side of the mask and the Russian flag on the left side of the mask. This mixture of Russian and American imagery is a nice compromise between the mostly American (click here) themed (click here)masks that Varlamov sported during his time in Washington and his 2010 Olympic mask that he wore while in net for the Russian team.
To give the mask even more humor Frosty (pictured above) was given a carrot bazooka while the yeti was given a more “traditional” snow bazooka (pictured below).
The top of Varlamov’s mask includes a large, crisp, Colorado Avalanche logo but also a playful hint that Varlamov had gotten stuck in the middle of the warring snow creatures. These features are reminiscent of Varlamov’s 2011 Winter Classic Mask (pictured below) that Dave created for Varly’s first Winter Classic appearance.
Click to see the full gallery of masks Dave has designed for Varlamov.