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.