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Michal Neuvirth debuts new mask

Among the main story lines as the Washington Capitals begin training camp today at KCI is the goalie competition between Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth. While Varlamov may have a slight edge at the moment, Neuvirth will have every opportunity to show he should be the starter when Washington opens the regular season.

That's a new dynamic for Neuvirth, who last season had 16 starts compared to 43 for departed Jose Theodore and 23 for Varlamov. As part of his fresh outlook, Neuvirth donned a new mask during today's practice. .

Half of the mask is painted with images representing his native Czech Republic while the other side has Washington imagery. The neck protector has Neuvirth's name painted in blue italic letters, a departure from his other mask that has his name in bigger red lettering.

A Swedish company designed the mask after speaking with Neuvirth in depth about his ideas. The sides also exchanged e-mails until they both agreed on the final design.

"It was my idea," Neuvirth said. "I talked to them on the phone and through e-mail. They sent me pictures, and I told them what I liked, what I don't like."

Last season Neuvirth went 9-4 with a 2.75 goals-against average and no shutouts. Varlamov was 15-4 with a 2.55 GAA and two shutouts in 23 starts.

By Gene Wang  | September 18, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
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82-0-0 - each one gets 41 shutouts
drop the puck!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | September 18, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

thanks for all of the updates

geno: do you have any predictions for the season yet?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | September 18, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hockey goalies wear "masks"

Posted by: Wemiss21 | September 18, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Kirk has high hopes for the season!

Posted by: RedLitYogi | September 18, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

@Wemiss21 ---
Hockey goalies wear "masks" ---

Glad you said that. But the editors here have yet to correct the Main Insider links that have Tarik there, do you really expect them to notice the wording helmet and not mask on this blog?

Posted by: Hunter21 | September 18, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The Hawks let Niemi go and God only knows who will be starting for the Flyers... these are the SC finalists from just 3 months ago.

It's not the goalies that worry me, it's who they have playing in front fo them that worries me. And the GM who does NOTHING about it worries me even more.

Posted by: joek443 | September 18, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

well of course you wouldn't worry if both teams have average goalies. It negates each side out. So of course the teams in front gets more attention.

But if you have a potential Roy or Brodeur or some1 who steals game like that dude the pinz have 2 years ago - you wouldn't be saying it that.

Posted by: Rocc00 | September 18, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

ummm those two teams with average goalies somehow got to the SC finals while all those teams with great goalies were long gone from the playoffs.

NO goalie is gonna steal 4 games in a series. All you can hope for is one, maybe two in a series. Varly did steal one game in Montreal. the problem was Ovi and the rest thought the series was over after Game 4.

Posted by: joek443 | September 18, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Ermm... The angle wasn't that great. Any way we can gets stills of it from a better angle where we can see the top of the mask? Also heard that Varly had a new one somewhere, any truth to that?

Posted by: aneuschool | September 18, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

What was the point of that video?

Posted by: brihobbs | September 19, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

"The neck protector has Neuvirth's name painted in blue italic letters, a departure from his other mask that has his name in bigger red lettering.


FWIW, these are "italics". Notice how the letters themselves are slanted, not just the baseline of the script, as is the case with Neuvy's new mask.

I'm pretty sure the correct name for the font found on the new mask is (depending on whom you ask) either "Old English" or "Blackletter".

I hope this helps.

Posted by: Rhino40 | September 20, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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