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New Florida Mask is Swamp Rider Crocodile Cruiser

New Florida Mask is Swamp Rider Crocodile Cruiser

Dan Ellis Florida Panthers Swamp Rider left sideThere have been a lot of great goaltending stories in the the second half of the NHL season, from Devan Dubnyk saving the Minnesota Wild season to Andrew “the Hamburglar” Hammond pulling the Ottawa Senators back into an unlikely playoff race with a record-setting start to his NHL career. But don’t overlook the impact Dan Ellis has had with the Florida Panthers, who are also in the chase for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Ellis, who spent most of the season in the American Hockey League, is 4-2-1 since being pressed into action by same-game injuries to Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya, posting a .922 save percentage that includes a huge win over the Senators on Sunday.

Now Ellis has a new mask to match his contributions, thanks to Swedish artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt, and what better way to celebrate a return to Florida then with a mask called “The Swamp Rider Crocodile Cruiser.”

“Be ready for an action ride in the Florida swamps among dangerous animals,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page. “Dan Ellis new Florida bucket is transformed into a swamp boat, and of course it is a cool panther driving it. … On one side he looks really badass … but hey, what is swimming under the boat… it is the tail of a gator! The panther can sense it is a gator somewhere, but he can’t see it, he look back … Oh no, this is bad news … the gator pop up on the side with hungry eyes.. We recommend the panther to go even faster!”

In addition to the story of the gator and the comic Panther, who looks worried on the right side of the mask and fierce on the left, Gunnarson integrated the Panthers logos in several places, including one on the chin and another on the top, but the best is a really cool set of eyes peering out from the forehead under the mask cage.

For more of Gunnarsson’s great artwork on both his website and on his Twitter feed.

Dan Ellis Florida Panthers Swamp Rider top

Dan Ellis Florida Panthers Swamp Rider left side

Dan Ellis Florida Panthers Swamp Rider left side

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