Flyers’ Sergei Bobrovsky Turns New Mask into a Sideshow
While Bobrovsky certainly isn’t the first puck-stopping Sideshow Bob in the NHL – that Simpsons’ character honor first went to entertaining veteran Bob Essensa, who is now the goalie coach in Boston – it’s probably fair to say few other goalies have heard more plays on their name than the enigmatic Russian rookie who broke into the league with the handle “Goalie Bob” and “Bobs” painted across the chin of his original mask.
According to a Philly Sports Daily story, the plays on Bobrovsky’s last name on the new mask also include harder to spot characters representing Bob’s Big Boy burgers and a children’s cartoon character Bob the Builder. At least it looks like Bobrovsky, who was recently featured here at InGoal, is keeping it light as he faces the pressure of his first NHL playoff series against Buffalo standout Ryan Miller.
We’ll bring you more details on the mask as soon as we have them. InGoal hasn’t received details yet about the artist, but this new one does not appear to be signed by the artist who painted his last helmet, Dave Gunnarsson.
UPDATE: we’ve heard from a few readers that the artist behind the mask is Franny Drummond from Langhorne, PA of Drummond Custom Airbrush.
InGoal spoke at length with Fran today and will be bringing readers some exclusive shots of the design soon. The mask is widely being reported as a “playoff” mask but Drummond reports that Bob has no backup mask and his current one is showing some signs of wear so the Flyers staff felt it was important to get another one done. More details to follow!
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