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Dustin Tokarski 2013 - Montreal Canadiens 1

Dustin Tokarski went done and got himself a new mask – here’s how it’s described on

The parameters for the mask were simple: maintain The Tick imagery and use a simple clean design.  The overall theme is retro, the minimal use of colour gives it a throwback feel to the earliest styles of goalie masks.

For imagery, on one side are the various logos that have been worn by the historic Montreal Canadiens franchise.  On the other side, is the funniest superhero ever, The Tick.  For this graphic The Tick is breaking through the helmet ready with his Habs power ring, ready to “Goalkeep safely!”

Clean-looking masks over chaotic ones, every day of the week. Read the rest of this entry »

Pic from the Vancouver Sun. ZACK KASSIAN IS THE BEST.

Pic from the Vancouver Sun. ZACK KASSIAN IS THE BEST.

The Vancouver Canucks recently unveiled their new third jerseys, a throwback to 1915 when they were the Vancouver Millionaires. The jerseys are pretty sharp, actually. At the very least, they’re unique. Well, you can’t pair maroon with blue and green, so Corey Schneider had to get himself a new mask, and it’s pretty badass: cs m They’re done by DaveArt Designs, and you can check ‘em out closer below: Read the rest of this entry »


The Philadelphia Flyers Twitter account shared a couple of images of Ilya Bryzgalov’s new goalie mask, on which our friendly universe-lover has gone full-Star Wars. I’m not making fun of adults who like Star Wars with that title by the way, because Star Wars is awesome, but when it comes from Bryz it just sorta feel like you’re in his bedroom looking at his Star Wars bedsheets and action figures (still in the package, of course).

The bad part: Yoda with the red lightsaber, which is supposed to be green. I’m sure this will outrage some people, but I’m making the ruling: still a cool mask, and perfectly Bryzzy. Read the rest of this entry »

Mark Visentin's new mask, Portland Pirates/Phoenix Coyotes style.

Mark Visentin’s new mask, Portland Pirates/Phoenix Coyotes style.

And the paint jobs are pretty sharp, too.

The Coyotes are going to release Mike Smith’s sometime soon, so in the meantime, here are the new paint jobs for the other two tenders in their system.

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Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer may sport a different look tonight in his start against the New York Rangers after unveiling his new transformer-themed mask during today’s practice.

Image Via: David Alter

Reimer looked good in his only start this season, making 28 saves on 30 shots in the 5-2 victory over the Penguins Wednesday night.

Tommy McCollum is a goaltender in the Detroit Red Wings’ system who naturally has a connection with Tommy Boy (the name Tommy, you fool). Thus, he decided he’d get Chris Farley painted on his mask. That…um…that’s him(?), on the mask’s backplate.

Sean Gentille wrote about the mask for the Sporting News including:

“Hey, I’ll tell you what. You can get a good look at a goalie’s mask by sticking your head up there. But, wouldn’t you rather to take his word for it? No, I mean is, you can get a good look at a kick save by sticking your head up a goalie’s mask… No, wait. It’s gotta be your goalie.”

…which I have no chance of topping, because it is fantastic.

We’d love your suggestions in the comments of who “Chris Farley” looks most like. I’ll lead us off with Meatloaf.

Fantastic mask idea. Unfortunately, the finished product leaves a little something to be desired.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, we kind of love goalie masks here at Backhand Shelf.

We’ll have an episode of Face Paint with Antti Niemi for the full explanation of his new mask’s design next week, but for now, we’ll leave you with this:

David Arrigo is in the middle of “Mask Week” (more about that on his site,, and his latest is the one you see below, “Haka Shark.”

Let us know your thoughts in the comments – that is one mean lookin’ shark.

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