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I was looking through old cards and determined there are a lot of fantastic mask designs from the 1990's that never get remembered or done as modern tributes. Post the guys you think had the most underrated mask designs!

Stéphane Fiset had quite a few great ones!

I think his "King Tut" mask for the Kings is one of the most underrated designs of the 90's. Would love to see some young new Kings goalie do a modern twist on that one, especially on a CCM mask.

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5 hours ago, Moose75 said:

I was looking through old cards and determined there are a lot of fantastic mask designs from the 1990's that never get remembered or done as modern tributes. Post the guys you think had the most underrated mask designs!

Stéphane Fiset had quite a few great ones!

I think his "King Tut" mask for the Kings is one of the most underrated designs of the 90's. Would love to see some young new Kings goalie do a modern twist on that one, especially on a CCM mask.

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Fiset Nords & Kings are both fantastic.

TBo also crushed it...

Could actually be the same painter?

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23 minutes ago, TheGoalNet said:

Fiset Nords & Kings are both fantastic.

TBo also crushed it...

Could actually be the same painter?

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I'm googling to try and find an answer. Something about the 90's/early 00's mask aesthetic appeals to me. It's still detailed, but has a simplistic quality to it where it's not impossible to see what it is.

This one could easily be repurposed as a Coyotes mask. Looks almost like they took their logo from it:

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A couple other of my favorites were Roman Turek's monster, and Beezer's Panther head.

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Also; Fiset had another one that was 

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Marlene Ross painted alot/most of the Lefereve masks back then. I came so close in 99 to buying a Warwick mask and having Bishop paint it with that same design. That was my favorite mask design then. 

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The one that started the painted mask craze in the 90's. Had a poster on my wall of it. 

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The Beezer and Hayward designs of the 90's are ranked amongst the top 10 designs of all time. You put that over one of the safest masks ever built, tough to beat that! They're underrated maybe in the idea that they don't have churches devoted to them, I suppose. My altar contains three. 

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What's the brand of the Beezer mask?

Continuing the theme of face-in-mouth masks I was always a fan of Vesa Toskala's

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41 minutes ago, seagoal said:

What's the brand of the Beezer mask?

Armadilla.

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48 minutes ago, seagoal said:

What's the brand of the Beezer mask?

Arma-freaking-dilla 😂

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2 minutes ago, aircanuck said:

Arma-freaking-dilla 😂

I just saw your thread :) that's a badass paint job.

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@Moose75  Fiset's Tutankhamun mask with LA was sooo sweet! One of my all-time favorites — a Protechsport with an absolute perfect balance between a big, simple design and nice detailing. Thanks for posting that. The big Heaton logos on the ears and backplate don't hurt, either...

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Hextall's arrow masks were pretty rad in the day:

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He was pretty savage in the day. It was supposed to mean 'I'm the man'.

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On 1/12/2019 at 10:19 PM, Moose75 said:

I'm googling to try and find an answer. Something about the 90's/early 00's mask aesthetic appeals to me. It's still detailed, but has a simplistic quality to it where it's not impossible to see what it is.

Totally.

Few other factors:

1. Goalies didn't dissapear year to year. You had guys (like Tuggnutt) who were in the NHL for a long time.

2. Fewer teams, so you saw the same goalies often.

3. Gear was pretty plain and simple, so the masks stood out.

4. Goalies didn't change gear during the season really. So you saw the same thing game after game.

5. It was new. So everything was original.

6. Hockey cards. How many times did we look at the same card? I knew every player in the league then. I could mostly tell you what every player wore for gear too. Hockey cards were like flash cards to me.

7. I was young and had space in my brain. I'm too old for this crap now.

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22 minutes ago, MTH said:

Totally.

Few other factors:

1. Goalies didn't dissapear year to year. You had guys (like Tuggnutt) who were in the NHL for a long time.

2. Fewer teams, so you saw the same goalies often.

3. Gear was pretty plain and simple, so the masks stood out.

4. Goalies didn't change gear during the season really. So you saw the same thing game after game.

5. It was new. So everything was original.

6. Hockey cards. How many times did we look at the same card? I knew every player in the league then. I could mostly tell you what every player wore for gear too. Hockey cards were like flash cards to me.

7. I was young and had space in my brain. I'm too old for this crap now.

Get outta my head, man! LOL!

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15 minutes ago, MTH said:

Totally.

Few other factors:

1. Goalies didn't dissapear year to year. You had guys (like Tuggnutt) who were in the NHL for a long time.

2. Fewer teams, so you saw the same goalies often.

3. Gear was pretty plain and simple, so the masks stood out.

4. Goalies didn't change gear during the season really. So you saw the same thing game after game.

5. It was new. So everything was original.

6. Hockey cards. How many times did we look at the same card? I knew every player in the league then. I could mostly tell you what every player wore for gear too. Hockey cards were like flash cards to me.

7. I was young and had space in my brain. I'm too old for this crap now.

Agreed. My thoughts on why intricate, modern masks are less memorable have been repeated to exhaustion, so I'll leave the "design" part out of this. But if I had to make a high-view, "macro" statement on why masks just aren't as memorable these days, I think it all comes back to the fact that we live in a very disposable culture now. Whether it's viral sensations, celebrities, trends, attitudes, photos, videos, or whatever, the pervasive attitude is "what's next? what's next? what's next? what's next?" I mean, everyone's always been looking for 'the next big thing', but with modern capabilities and technology, we can actually satisfy that rampant cultural ADHD.

It seems like the majority of goalies have a new mask every season, and more than a few of them have several each year — hard for a design to really resonate when it's only on the ice for a couple of months before another comes along. And I get why it happens — goalies can have them auctioned off for good causes (great!) and painters, who now have social media to promote their creations, want to showcase the diversity of their work (also great). It's all understandable, but the cumulative effect is that nothing feels very special or memorable to me.

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As I said a while back in this thread (a good one to revive!), I was a big Tim Cheveldae fan when he was in Detroit.

His mask - a Harrison (what else?) - I think fits the bill of this thread. He had two versions as I recall from drawing him repeatedly, but I'm having trouble finding good pics of the first version.

Here's the first - other 3 are of the 2nd/newer one.

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On 1/13/2019 at 12:31 AM, Snowman30 said:

Marlene Ross painted alot/most of the Lefereve masks back then. I came so close in 99 to buying a Warwick mask and having Bishop paint it with that same design. That was my favorite mask design then. 

I think the 80s and Early’s 90 masks were painted by someone else. I think Marlene did the late 90s through mid 2000s masks 

Like does anyone know who painted the OG Roy Mask? I think Lefebvre painted some of his early masks, but not that particular one 

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2 hours ago, Lucky Pucker said:

As I said a while back in this thread (a good one to revive!), I was a big Tim Cheveldae fan when he was in Detroit.

It was a great look.

Never was the same for him after he left Detroit too. I mean, he tried:

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17 minutes ago, MTH said:

It was a great look.

Never was the same for him after he left Detroit too. I mean, he tried:

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I felt personally wounded by that trade, and decided to "hate" Essensa afterward, because you can feel, think, and do stupid baseless shit when you're still a kid. LOL! But he really did get a raw deal. Interesting write up here on the whole trade. Dude is a firefighter now. Respect.

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