Going into the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stadium Series game on Saturday night, one of the odder storylines was the disappearance of Corey Crawford’s goalie mask, which he had revealed was missing on Friday night.
The specially designed mask isn’t the only bit of Crawford’s gear that has gone missing. On Monday after practice, Crawford told the media that his regular leg pads had been swiped as well, and he was wearing his black Stadium Series pads during the on-ice workout.
“This is crazy,” he told reporters. “I’ve never seen this before. I’ve never heard of this before. It’s crazy, man. The trainers are all stunned that it happened. Honestly, I told every guy and some of the guys didn’t believe it happened.”
The theft of Crawford’s mask didn’t exactly do much to hurt his play, as he made 31 saves in the Hawks’ 5-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at Soldier Field. After that game however, he did express lament over the missing mask.
“I thought it was a pretty good design,” he said. “It was bold, and not a huge amount of detail, but it was well-thought out and I thought it would look good with the black jerseys. It sucks for the painter too because I didn’t get to show the two weeks of hard work that he did.”
Crawford also said that he wasn’t sure if he would end up wearing the mask if it ever did show up, but for right now, he’s more concerned about breaking in his Stadium Series pads.