Blackhawks Military Roots on Prospect’s New Mask
Kent Simpson isn’t likely to spend any time with the big club this season, but the promising Chicago Blackhawks prospect paid tribute to team that drafted him 58th overall in 2010 with his beautiful new mask anyway.
Painted by Alberta-based artist Jason Bartziokas, who began working with Simpson during his junior career with the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, the new mask features a military tribute to the Chicago Blackhawks’ first owner.
“There is so much history behind an Original-6 team that brainstorming the design becomes easier for me and the client,” Bartziokas told InGoal. “Last year Kent Simpson’s mask payed tribute to Fredric McLaughlin, the Blackhawks first owner who named the team after his World War I Infantry Division, ‘The Blackhawks.’ This year, Simpson continues to pay homage to Mclaughlin’s division and the military on left side of the mask.”
Simpson, who posted a .912 save percentage in the ECHL and a .924 in two AHL games as a first-year pro last season, gave Bartziokas free reign for the right side.
“Being granted artistic freedom and myself an admirer of Native American art and culture, I wanted to incorporate traditional elements throughout out the mask that would tie into the jersey and logo nicely,” Bartziokas said.
Judging from the results (below), the painter more than pulled it off with this stunning new mask. You can find more from Bartziokas on his Facebook Page as well as on Instagram. He doesn’t have a company website but said he can be reached through Facebook, by email at [email protected], or on Twitter.
With stunning masks like this, we expect he’ll be getting quite a few calls soon from goalies everywhere: