PHOTO: Philipp Grubauer's Capitals goalie mask is super patriotic

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

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Playing out of the nation's capital, it's obviously expected that the Washington Capitals would ooze American imagery. Their secondary logo is an eagle with a silhouette of the capitol building inside of it, so yeah, they get America. So does their German-born goaltender, Philipp Grubauer, who will be battling for a spot as Braden Holtby's backup heading into the season.

Though Grubauer might not make the big club right away, he's already got his mask for the 2014-15 season and is it ever a sight to behold.

Philipp Grubauer honors America with his new mask. (DaveArt.com)
Philipp Grubauer honors America with his new mask. (DaveArt.com)

The stars down the center of the crown and the red and white-striped shield under the face-mask portion and chin guard of the mask makes for a really neat look to go along with that gleaming eagle on either side.

If I didn't know better myself, I'd think The Bald Eagle (as any good American would always capitalize it) would fly right off that thing and blanket everyone around it in freedom and liberty.

The mask was designed by Dave Gunnarsson (DaveArt.com), who has been off to a hot start to the 2014-15 season with some great lids, especially the one belonging to New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot (Ghostbusters!).

Grubauer appeared in 17 games with the Capitals last season, posting a .925 save percentage and 2.38 goals-against average. He spent a lot of the year with the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League and is likely to start there this year with Justin Peters brought in by the Caps as a free agent to back up Holtby.

Hopefully Grubauer will get a shot at some playing time with the big club so American fans aren't deprived of seeing this patriotic dome protector in action.

(h/t NHL on NBC)

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