Ward honors Charlie Gardiner on Winter Classic mask
Cam Ward will honor former Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Charlie Gardiner on his new mask for the NHL’s annual Winter Classic outdoor game.
Painted by his long-time painter, Steve Nash of EyeCandyAir, the design was chosen to match the jerseys the Blackhawks will wear in the game. They pay homage to the uniform of 1934, which is the year Chicago won its first Stanley Cup.
“Charlie Gardiner was the goalie so it seemed like a fitting tribute,” Nash said.
Gardiner not only backstopped that first Stanley Cup win, he did so by shutting out the Detroit Red Wings in the final game of the Stanley Cup Final, a 1-0 win in double overtime.
A Gardiner portrait is featured on the right side of Ward’s new mask:
The left side pictures a mask-less Gardiner in his stance:
The top of the mask features the Winter Classic logo, a black-and-white team logo, with Ward’s No. 30 on the chin, and snowflakes falling in the background.
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