Ondrej Pavelec might not see much game action, but his mask sure is something to take a look at when he’s on the New York Rangers bench.
With the Rangers schedule starting to get a little heavy, it’s the perfect time for Ondrej Pavelec to get a new mask, considering that he is most likely to see some action soon.
Pavelec wanted to pay tribute to his music idol, Bruce Springsteen, with his new mask. With Springsteen being from the New Jersey/New York area and Pavelec a member of the New York Rangers, it’s perfect timing for Pavelec go with this new style.
It was very exciting to paint and create Ondrej Pavelec’s new NYR mask?. Ondrej knew what he wanted, a tribute to his music idol… The Boss?. Ondrej and I we brainstormed a lot and came up with a plan how to create the painting??. Ondrej wanted a new and action packed look??. I made some test sketches✍?, it worked, I picked up my airbrush and started to paint?. @ondrejpav31 @nyrangers @nhl @daveart #nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity #DaveArtTheStoryteller
The mask has images of Springsteen playing at various points in time while still having the classic Rangers colors. On the top of the mask, Pavelec and artist Dave Gunnarsson was able to get the New York City skyline with a big “NYR.”
With a chrome cage, Pavelec might have a better chance of seeing the puck compared to the silver one on his previous mask. We saw the wonders that the chrome cage did for Henrik Lundqvist when he was broke out his new mask during his struggles earlier this season.
Pavelec hasn’t seen much playing time in his time with the Rangers, but that’s about to change. The Rangers are currently in a stretch where they will be playing seven games in the next 12 days with two back-to-back sets. This will be the perfect time for him to debut some new equipment with the hopes of changing some of his results.
If the new mask helps Pavelec get in a good grove, then keep the equipment changes coming. The Rangers need him to play at a better level than he currently is with 3.56 goals against average and .889 save percentage.
There is something to be said about new mojo. Whether or not you believe it works, something changes for the athlete and the Rangers are hoping it’s a change for the better.