Not that that was Schneider's intention necessarily, but he had a new mask commissioned to go with the Millionaires jersey and it's pretty spectacular. He'll fit right in with a mask in the same colors as the jersey including the big V logo on the top of the mask.
As he usually does, Schneider went to mask artist extraordinaire Dave Gunnarsson for the design. Here is some of what he wrote on his website with the announcement of the latest mask:
On a distance it's an old school classic styled design with the stripes in focus with the beautiful logo on the top, all created in maroon and cream colors.
Then the closer you come the more details you will discover, and the design transforms in front of your eyes to a tribute to the fantastic Millionaires team. On the left side is a tribute to the legendary Millionaire goalie Hughie Lehman, and on the other side is the whole team in old school vintage style.
And not only that, the mask is also a tribute to the fantastic native art of Canada. I just love that art style. Just as on Cory's previous Canucks mask I incorporated orcas in Canadian native art style, and they continue on this mask.
One word: fantastic. The mask itself might be better than the jerseys, and that's saying something.
Hey, if a guy goes through all that trouble then the least coach Alain Vigneault can do is let Schneider play that night. Nothing ruins a retro jersey night worse than a goalie mask and/or pads that don't fit in. The Canucks' blue-and-green scheme of today would be a sore thumb on that classic maroon and cream design.
The Canucks have been using both Schneider and Roberto Luongo almost equally, so it's not like it's a decision that couldn't have happened regardless. This will probably just make the decision a little easier for Vigneault.
The Canucks are wearing the jerseys to honor the Millionaires, who won the Stanley Cup in Vancouver way back in 1915.
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S/t to InGoal Magazine