The Anaheim Ducks boast two of the brightest young goaltenders in the game today with Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, but with those two, the team also can tout two of the best goalie masks in the league heading into next season. Andersen's mask designer, Dave Gunnarsson, revealed the finished product of what the Danish netminder will sport next season while stopping pucks for the Ducks.
The brick wall theme on goalie masks is not new. In fact, it's probably a cliché design at this point, but Andersen's mask takes that concept and twists it up in one of the most delightful ways manageable: with LEGOs.
Gunnarasson designed Andersen's mask with a LEGO character in an old-school goalie mask putting together his own brick wall with the popular children's connectable bricks. Even better, Andersen's mask prominently features the Anaheim ducks' old Wild Wing logo that probably would be a major improvement over their current jerseys. Not sure how that one will go over with the team's marketing department (unless they're bringing it back in a third jersey of some kind -- we can hope).
If you didn't know, the LEGO company was founded in Denmark, so there's also a nationalistic twist to Andersen's mask, which makes it that much better.
Here's more from Gunnarsson's Facebook post about the mask:
Frederik is transformed into a LEGO guy on the mask, of course with Ducks outfit and a goalie mask, and he is building a brick wall with LEGO to protect the goal from pucks… And on the LEGO brick wall someone has put up a poster of the cool Ducks logo..
I just love to come up with new nice mask ideas day in day out. And just load the design with nice details. Check in close on the mask, you will also find the Danish mermaid, a famous landmark of Copenhagen, the Capital City of Denmark.
I guess when you're an all-rookie goalie, you deserve to get a memorable mask.
Andersen put up a 20-5-0 record last season in 28 appearances with the Ducks to go along with a .923 save percentage and 2.29 goals-against average. He'll battle with Gibson for the starter's role out of training camp it sounds like.
It's been a great summer of designs for Gunnarsson, who also did the artwork for Gibson's Pac Man mask, as well. He also designed Henrik Lundqvist's clever new Sweden/New York fusion mask and Cam Talbot's wildly popular Ghostbusters lid for next season.
Talbot's Ghostbusters mask is tough to top for this child of the 80s, but LEGOs and the old Ducks logo does appropriately tug at the nostalgia strings. It's like being asked which of your children is your favorite.
Let's just all agree that goalie masks in pretty much any form are pretty great and this one's just a little better than most.