New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist’s mask for the Winter Classic is a combination of his style and new technology.
As the New York Rangers prepare for the Winter Classic Monday afternoon, Henrik Lundqvist released the mask that he will go with in the big game.
Henrik Lundqvist’s mask for the big game tomorrow pic.twitter.com/DG2Z5pqWN6
— 🥅 NYR Zone 🏒 (@NYRZone) December 31, 2017
As usual, Lundqvist’s mask was designed by Dave Gunnarsson who has been designing Henrik’s masks throughout the entirety of his career. The mask continues to go with the design that Gunnarsson and Lundqvist have gone with in the past but this time the two agreed to go with something slightly different.
Lundqvist explained the design of the mask on his Instagram account.
“For a few years I’ve been going with the blue base and blue cage. @daveart told me about the new technology he uses for chrome, thats the new look I’m going for now.. Hope you guys like it. Kept this one pretty simple, a little Mets a little NYR.”
The mask consists of the Rangers primary colors of red and blue and continues with Lundqvist’s theme of Lady Liberty that he has had throughout his career. He added the bridge from the Mets logo as this year’s Winter Classic is being held at the home of the Mets, Citi Field.
Just as the mask that Lundqvist switched to in the middle of the season, this one has a glossy look to it. This is fitting for Lundqvist considering its royal look and his nickname “the King.” There isn’t much difference compared to the mask he’s used all season long as he will continue to go with the chrome cage.
Lundqvist is 3-0-0 in his career in outdoor games, most recently beating the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders in the 2013-2014 Stadium Series played at Yankee Stadium. In those three wins, Lundqvist allowed just six goals playing in the elements, including a save on a penalty shot in the 2012 Winter Classic in Philadelphia.
Unless anything changes overnight, Lundqvist is expected to get the start in goal tomorrow afternoon.