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Jason LaBarbera Honors Pat Tillman on New Goalie Mask (Picture)

Scoping goalie masks is a fun thing to do for hockey fans. Masks allow the goaltenders to express their personalities through personalized decorations. Some guys go elaborate, some go simple, and some people go patriotic. That’s what Phoenix Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera decided to do, as Puck Daddy informs us:

LaBarbera apparently wanted to pay tribute to the military, and decided to do so by choosing one of the best role models possible. Former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman is pictured in his football uniform, and also alongside his brother in Army Ranger gear. Tillman, as you probably know, turned down a multi-million dollar contract from the Arizona Cardinals because he wanted to join the military and protect the country after 9/11.

Puck Daddy spoke with artist David Arrigo, who explained some of the mask’s finer design points.

“Multiples stars and maple leafs that serve as a tribute to “both Canadian and American forces serving in their respective theaters,” said Arrigo. “On the front of the mask is a yellow ribbon, an acknowledgement that those serving overseas are in the thoughts of those back home.”

Head over to Arrigo’s website for more pictures of the mask. We never thought too much of LaBarbera’s goaltending abilities, but we think highly of him now after seeing his tribute. Nice job all the way around, gentlemen.



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  • blake m

    let us not forget he WAS MURDERED BY HIS OWN COUNTRY!!! THE CORONER RULED IT A HOMICIDE FROM FRIENDLY FIRE. YET OUR MILITARY AND GOVT COVERED IT UP! WHAT I SPEAK ARE FACTS NOT SPECULATION! HE WAS AGAINST THE WAR AND WAS GOING TO COME HOME AND SPEAK OUT AGAINST IT INSTEAD OF FOR IT. SO SOMEONE FROM HIS OWN GROUP SHOT HIM IN THE BACK RESULTING IN HIS MURDER. NO ONE HAS BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND WITH THE WAY THING ARE RAN IN OUR COUNTRY AND MILITARY ID OUBT ANYBODY EVER WILL. RIP AND LET THE TRUTH LIVE AND BE HEARD.ON A SIDE NOTE I WOULD LIKE TO SCOLD THE WRITER FOR OMITTING THESE  FACTS. YOU SIR ARE A SCOUNDREL!

  • COLLEEN HARRINGTON

    For God sakes this was about a helmet…….really nothing political about it, just a nice tribute to 2 people that he highly regarded and respected. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NIXZEHOAE4W44UID3ZB3AYYDWA Kent Williamson

    Yeah lets calm down here blake.  Ease up man.  Its just a sweet helmet that LaBarbera thought would be a nice tribute to Mr. Tillman.

    Oh and your caps lock key is stuck down