Weiman’s New DEL Mask as Europe Pro Camps Open
It’s August, which means professional goaltenders are already back to work as training camps open in Europe.
It also means it’s time to debut some of the new masks those goalies will be wearing this season.
First up is the new lid for Tyler Weiman, the former Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks goaltender now stopping pucks professionally in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the top level in Germany. Painted by Montreal artist David Leroux of Diel Airbrush, Weiman’s mask for the 2013-14 season plays heavily on the logo for his Nuermberg Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers, with an artistic blend of formal logos on the sides and a real-life interpretation on the Ice Tiger forehead. Weiman’s new mask also features flags on either side of his No.30 on the chin, and silhouettes of buildings on either side below the team logo, and above a old stone wall.
Making sure the team is well represented on the mask can be important when playing overseas. That was one of the many things Weiman detailed as part of InGoal Magazine’s series on playing overseas, which included a detailed article on some of the equipment challenges that come with playing overseas, often including all those sponsor stickers glued onto the pads and gloves.
As for the part about getting back to work so soon, it was among the many things learned from last season’s series with Weiman, who explained some of the nuances of surviving training camps that last a month and a half, usually with two practices per day, and often in stifling summer heat, including at an outdoor arena that included fans smoking at the edge of the rink with his team two seasons ago.
Be sure to read Weiman’s articles from the links above, and in the meantime enjoy these photos of his new mask for the 2013-14 season, courtesy of Montreal artist David Leroux of Diel Airbrush: