Florida Panthers goaltender had a very nice first half, especially compared to the expectations. But it didn't come to a great close as the Panthers slowed their pace and he was injured (video here), putting him on the sideline for a couple of weeks.
So maybe it's about time Theodore got a new mask, perhaps trying to find that vibe from early in the season he had going with his Sexy Cat mask. Or maybe that one was a bit too racy.
Whatever the reason, Theodore will be donning a new mask when he returns to the ice for the Panthers. He is currently day to day.
The mask seen above is the latest from goalie mask artist David Gunnarson (Teaser: look for a story soon on Gunnarson's work), called the Burning TikiGargoyles. Here is the description of it from Gunnarson.
We have the honor to present the Florida Panthers goalie Jose Theodore´s new mask. I love so much to work with Jose, he just like me loves a lot of details on the masks. :)
On this mask it is time for Gargoyles again, I love to paint gargoyles. Jose wanted it in a new unique way with a cool connection to Florida. Karl in my team came up with the idea of Tiki, I made some sketches were I mixed Tikis and Gargoyles, and the design idea was born. Jose loved the sketches and I started the adventure to paint it.
The Burning TikiGargoyles are sitting on each side of the Florida beach in their sand castles, guarding the net. Around this I created a totally action packed Florida design with so many Florida details to discover all over the mask. I love to spend a lot of time just painting details and go crazy on details, and play with metallic effects. Lots of the stuff you can only see when you see the mask live. I remember when I was a kid and watched the TV series Miami Vice, in the intro there were flamingos, so I really wanted that in the design... :)
On the chin the mask is transformed into a Tiki Gargoyle mask, turning Jose into one when he put it on his head.
It also includes the base of red (the Panthers' big focus from a marketing standpoint this season) and the palm trees that have long been found in the Panthers' variety of logos.
It's not the most eye-catching mask we've seen this season, but the combination of tikis and gargoyles is a pretty cool idea and was executed well. But this gives the perfect chance for comparison: Which of Theodore's masks this season do you like best?