We Have Some Questions About Jaroslav Halak’s New Goalie Mask
On Thursday afternoon, the Blues introduced their new goaltender, Jaroslav Halak, to a group of St. Louis media and fans at Scottrade Center.
Excitement has been building for the former Montreal Canadiens netminder and the release of his new goalie mask photos on Wednesday certainly added to the enthusiasm. Hockey fans love goalie masks; almost as much as mullets and smacking someone across the temple with a beer bottle.
Let’s take a look…
The official release of Halak’s mask includes the following description: “It combines traditional St. Louis inspired imagery as well as paying homage to a few old Blues goalies – Liut, Fuhr and of course the great Jacques Plante.”
Okay. That’s cool. St. Louis athletes will always win out the general fan base by including the Gateway Arch in their personal creative outlets (e.g., goalie masks, tattoos, cornrow designs, etc.). We also enjoy the gold facemask bars; a sleek touch.
But, we have a few questions about that apparent “Grant Fuhr homage” on the bottom left-side of Halak’s mask.
First and foremost, it’s slightly appalling that Halak chose Grant Fuhr as part of his St. Louis Blues collage.
Sure, he’s in the Hall of Fame, but not for his tenure with the Blues. More importantly, Fuhr should have been excused from this montage simply because his time in St. Louis included wearing those horrific mid-to-late 90′s jerseys. Red, yellow, blue, and slanted numbers. Genius.
Personally, we think including Curtis Joseph or Vincent Riendeau would have resonated more with the fan base, but that’s neither here nor there. Halak chose to include Fuhr.
Or, did he?
Personally, we see a white dude wearing the #7 on Halak’s mask….not Grant Fuhr, who is slightly, um, more tan and wore #31 for the Blues every year from ’95 – ’99. Weird.
[ InGoalMag.com ]