With the NHL on hiatus for two weeks, we're all turning our attention to the Vancouver Olympics this month. One of the most exciting things for Vancouverites has to be seeing your Canucks' goalie backstopping his nation's team.
Icethetics reader Matt sent in this image of Roberto Luongo's new Team Canada mask. No reason to lose the Canuck theme after all, right?
It's very well-designed mask and I'm excited to see it in action tomorrow when Canada takes on Norway at 7:30 PM EST (on CNBC in the U.S.).
Just before that will be the first men's hockey game of these Winter Games when the U.S. battles Switzerland at 3 PM (on USA Network).
If the women's matches have been any indication, these will be very high scoring games in favor the North American clubs (sorry Europe).
Rich sent in this photo from The Times Herald in Port Huron, Michigan. That link takes you to a great article on the work put into creating this mask, which was designed by Ray Bishop.
It's nice to get an early look at some of what we'll see in the coming weeks up in Vancouver.
That reminds me, in case you hadn't read my note on the Jerseys page, I will be adding Olympic jersey galleries as games start getting underway. It's a slow process but I'll get to all 12 countries in time.
Also, I just got an email from a reader asking about a goalie mask gallery to go with all the jersey galleries. I think that's a great idea! However, I have my hands a little full with these jersey galleries and I haven't even gotten to home and road sweaters yet. It'll happen... eventually.
Icethetics reader Colton just sent in a great link to even more first look photos of Olympic goalie masks. Here (right) is a shot of Evgeni Nabokov's Russian headgear.
I highly recommend stopping by inGoal Magazine for a look at Marty Brodeur's mask and many others, including Henrik Lundqvist, Jonas Hiller, Marc-Andre Fleury, Tim Thomas and Tomas Vokoun.
They've also got photos of the masks designed for women's team goalies Kim St. Pierre and Shannon Szabados of Canada. All worth checking out.