The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning are currently battling it out on the ice for the Stanley Cup championship, but an intriguing battle is also being fought in the goal creases between the opposing goaltenders.
Corey Crawford and Ben Bishop each have one victory apiece so far in the series as it shifts back to Chicago for Game 3 on Monday night, but an interesting profile in the Chicago Tribune focuses on another element of their games: their masks.
Crawford’s mask alternates depending on whether the team is at home or on the road, but his newest look, a black mask with a Native American headdress, has garnered a lot of attention and will be on display Monday. His masks are designed by Stephane Bergeron, and he spoke of the exposure he gets when his work is on display on a big stage like the Cup Final:
“Many times I have goosebumps on my arms,” Bergeron said. “I’m very excited. It’s something cool. When I have a good goalie, it’s good for the business.”
Here is Bergeron’s handiwork on Crawford’s new mask:
As for Bishop’s electrified blue look, the artist behind it is David Gunnarsson. Here is what it looks like: