Montreal Canadiens goaltending prospect Zach Fucale is already at an NHL level when it comes to doing good things in the community.
Fucale, who was picked 36th by the Canadiens at the 2013 NHL Draft and is in his third season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), has been raising money all season for “La fondation Autisme Laurentide,” an organization that helps families with autistic children. Among the fundraising efforts was a partnership with Hockey Helps that raised $8,607, and it included a contest where one donor was randomly chosen to create a new mask design.
Dana Simonsen won that prize, and this is the new CCM mask she created with artist Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush
. The mask will be worn at the Mooseheads last home game of the regular season, on March 15th, along with a special 20th anniversary jersey, and will then be auctioned off here
to raise more money for the foundation.
The mask includes a tribute to the 20th anniversary logo on the forehead, with important Halifax monuments like the clock tower and citadel nearby. The sides honour the Mooseheads three retired jerseys: Jean-Sebastien Giguere 47, Alex Tanguay 18 and Jody Shelley 25, as well as longtime announcer Pat Connolly, who died in 2012 and has a banner in his honour above the ice of the Metro Center.
On the chin, Fucale’s name appears on an Italian flag, while the backplate is based on the team’s first jersey 20 years ago. They also included the foundation logo, the Memorial Cup, the President Cup and some important quotes for Zach, like “win the day,” and “create the edge.” On the bottom the “FCJJR” represents the first letter of his girlfriend and each family member name.