Angel Watches Over L.A. on Berube’s New Kings Mask
Goalie Jean-Francois Berube’s season with the Manchester Monarchs may be over, but a call up to the Los Angeles Kings to be a black ace for the remainder of their playoff run fits perfectly with his new mask.
Painted by Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush, Berube’s late-season lid has a handful of carry-over Kings themes from his previous mask, but the new Vaughn mask made by Pro’s Choice also features an angel watching over the Los Angeles skyline, fitting for the City of Angels.
“He came up with this great idea for the ”City of Angels,'” Marsolais told InGoal. “You can see the angel in the sky protecting L.A.”
Among the items continued from past masks are palm trees on the side, stars with his family member’s dates of birth in them, and the banner down the center of the mask. On the left side their is a graphic lion with a Kings crown similar to the team’s old logo.
“We designed the lion made of stone and in 3D to give some deepness to the design,” said Marsolais, who also changed the style on the original items on the mask, adding stone texture to the banner and stars as well as some “cool 3D effects,” and some “stars in the background that are only visible when the light hits the mask.”
The backplate also carries over from Berube’s last mask, with L.A. buildings and the mountain in background, the Chinese symbol for perseverance, and one new addition: the bear from the California flag.