PHOTO: Sergei Bobrovsky's new mask features Blue Jackets, Russia

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Bobrovsky's mask for next season honors his team and his country. (DaveArt)
Bobrovsky's mask for next season honors his team and his country. (DaveArt)

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If you love to see goalie masks like I do, then this week is kind of like Hanukkah, there's a new gift with every new day. In this case the gift is another mask to see.

Today it's the mask for Sergei Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets' Vezina Trophy winner from last season. His new mask, designed by Dave Gunnarsson, has a very definitive Blue Jackets feel with a touch of home as well. Home as in Russia.

With the Olympics coming up in February and with all signs pointing toward Bobrovsky starting for Russia, it's an appropriate year to have his nation's flag incorporated into the design. Gunnarsson with the explanation on his Facebook page:

This new design is a continuation of Sergei's previous Columbus designs, but this one created in a new style. It tells the story of Sergei's new home country, and his origin. During summer we brainstormed different design ideas, and this idea crystallized in our minds. We setup the plan and I started to create.

The design is built on the awesome logos of the BlueJackets, in total harmony with the Blue Jackets uniforms. One side is a tribute to the team and Sergei's new home country, and the other side is a tribute to Mother Russia. The closer you come the more details you will discover and the design transforms in front of your eyes.

As you can see it's also adorned with Bobrovsky's No. 72 by the Russian flag and has the Jackets' primarly logo emblazoned on the top. It's not necessarily the most original or personal mask you'll see but as usual it's sharp and will look good in his full gear with the Jackets' sweater.

The hope in Columbus is that he'll look good wearing this mak and I don't necessarily mean in the aesthetic sense. Not a lot of goalies are able to replicate their success when coming off a season like Bobrovsky is so maybe a similar bucket will yield similar results. Oh, if only such things mattered.

See other goalie masks that have already been released this summer.

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