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Jaroslav Halak’s New Washington Capitals Mask

Jaroslav Halak’s New Washington Capitals Mask

Jaro Halak Washington Capitals MaskThe trade deadline brings all kinds of excitement for NHL fans each year and this season was one to remember for goalie fans. Puckstoppers were clearly the hot commodity as nearly a dozen changed addresses. As things settle and players become accustomed to their new homes, we have more to look forward to as all the new gear and paint jobs arrive for goaltenders who have changed addresses.

We can only imagine Jaroslav Halak’s painter David Leroux of Montreal-based Diel Airbrush furiously working in his sketchbook to prepare the Slovakian Stopper’s new Buffalo Sabres design – or perhaps even the paint drying in his studio – as word came in that Halak was off to Washington in his second trade just prior to the deadline. Whether he was caught by surprise or not, Leroux, who also was the artist behind Halak’s St. Louis Blues mask includes a puck-stopping bull breaking through a brick wall wearing Brian’s gloves, and his Olympic mask that features a Slovakian flag wrapped around the entire helmet, has created this fantastic design in his typical bold, clean and classic style for Halak’s final destination in the 2013-2014 season.

As Leroux noted in an email to InGoal, “the only thing Jaro asked for was two eagles and the personal stuff on the backplate. Other than that he let me run with it.”

On the backplate, commonly reserved for a goaltender’s personal tributes, is found a nod to his native Slovakia and the initials of his wife and child. The rest of the mask features classic Washington Capitals themes rendered in the Leroux style.

Will the design stick for next season or with Halak a pending unrestricted free agent, will Leroux be planning another design in the fall?

To see more great work from Leroux please visit his Diel Aribrush web site and his Facebook page. You can find other Leroux creations in the InGoal archives, but in the meantime enjoy the close ups of Halak’s new mask:

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David Hutchison

David is one of the founders of InGoal Magazine which he began in 2009. Of course he finds time for some goaltending of his own as well, and despite his age, clings desperately to the idea that some NHL team will call him to play for them - though in his mid-forties (OK, late 40s) it'll likely be for a practice when everyone else on their depth chart has the flu and the shooter tutor has gone in for repairs.

4 Comments

  1. Carythegoalie

    My favorite design seen in many years. Lovr love love this.

  2. Carythegoalie

    My favorite design seen in many years. Love love LOVE this mask.

  3. JS

    WOW sick mask !!!!

  4. JocelynC

    Love it !!
    Simple design, yet making some statement and the reality looks of the eagles is astonishing. A mask as i like them : paintjob mainly about the team and without compromising the great look. And espite the simplicity of the design, there are still a few close-up details to admire.