When you're the goalie for a team called the Predators, your options for a fearsome mask design are wide. Last year, Rinne used a
"facehugger Alien" design and before that he used a
"Hardcorelicious" monster. For each one, he's worked with goalie mask designer extraordinaire
David Gunnarsson and he did the same this year. This is my favorite of the bunch: a beastly gladiator named Maximus. You can see the beast's hungry teeth at the bottom of the helmet and the Gladiator mask he's hidden behind at the top. Gunnarsson described the design
on his Facebook page:
“What we do in life echoes an eternity”... Pekka Rinne of the Predators of Nashville becomes The Gladiator in his new bucket...
Behind the Gladiator helmet hides a fearful predator beast... Do not go near...
Details, details, details... I just love to paint details, and this piece is loaded with it!
What do you think of Rinne's 2014-15 mask?
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