Zatkoff Stops 50 Wearing New Classic Penguins Mask
There was nothing simple about Jeff Zatkoff’s season debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, not with 50 saves required to post a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres, the most by a Penguins goalie since Ty Conklin stopped 50 in a 4-2 win over the New York Islanders way back on Feb. 26, 2008.
When it comes to the new mask Zatkoff is wearing this season, however, simple can be stunning.
“Jeff liked a lot his last year’s mask and wanted something similar for the upcoming season,” Marsolais explained. “The main stuff is the same, big Penguins logos on both side, Penguins name on the chin and Pittsburgh on the forehead below the cage. We added some snow on the Penguins letters and also his pads graphics on the bottom of the mask. There’s some reflective stuff on the mask, saying ‘Steel city’ and on the top you can see a big cauldron dropping some steel smelting on the Pens logo.”
Missing from this mask is the tribute to Tom Barrasso from a past edition, but the backplate remains familiar, with Zatkoff’s alma mater represented in the Miami University logo and the words “El Lobo” as a tribute to the wolves on the first mask he ever got painted, a gift from his uncle.
Incorporating the striping from Zatkoff’s Vaughn equipment was a nice touch, especially since the mask itself is a Vaughn mask made by Pro’s Choice.
In addition to the Barrasso mask, Marsolais has painted Zatkoff’s Stadium Series mask among others. To see more of Sylvie’s great work, visit the Sylabrush website, or her Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter. In the meantime, enjoy these close ups of Zatkoff’s latest, including some cool detail work on the backplate: