Here's Brent Johnson's New Mask
Some of you have complained of my lack of Caps coverage, but ask, and you shall receive. Reader Colin recently requested photos of Brent Johnson's new, still-to-be-worn Monument Mask, which Tarik recently described; here they are. The below photo, of course, is the mask Johnson has been wearing, one he admitted was "kind of beat up, but it's been working," he said. He also has one very similar to this one, but with a lighter color scheme. That was the starting point for the Monument Mask, which is my name, not his.
"I wanted everything pretty much the same as it was, but I wanted a little bit more white in it, and some stuff offset, which he did," Johnson said. "Instead of [the logo being centered], he offset it. I think it makes the mask look really cool; the Capitals through [the front] and then the eagle kind of offset."
The theme, of course, is D.C. through and through, which had been Johnson's intent, from the image of the Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial with the Washington Monument in the background, to the opposite side, where the Lincoln Memorial resides. The artist is Canada-based Frank Cipra, who is Johnson's longtime designer.
"I gave him a whole bunch of pictures from Web sites and whatnot and I just told him to use his judgment, and that's what he went with and I'm very happy," Johnson said said. "I mean, there were so many things I thought about doing. This being one of the biggest years politically, you could do faces of different presidents or maybe a Mount Rushmore or something like that, but I just went for the true capitals, obviously with the Capitol Building. And I think as long as I'm here, that's what I'll stick with, this kind of framework."
One side bears the name of his grandfather, the legendary Sid Abel, which is on all his masks. The other side bears the name of his father, Robert Johnson, which is a first for Brent.
"I wanted to add my dad into it because if it weren't for him, I wouldn't be a goalie," Brent said. "So I always want to think of him, and I'm proud."
On the top are the classic Led Zeppelin images which have been a part of so many of Johnson's masks; "always have to have my Led Zeppelin up here," he said.
As for when he's going to wear it on the ice, unclear. He's tried it on a few times, but hasn't even worn it during practice, and with things going ok lately....you know....
"We'll see," he said. "I've worn this and it just doesn't feel right to my head yet. I've got to get it broken in a little bit more. I've got to get all the kind of straps and everything to feel good, you know what I mean? I put it on, but it kind of feels a litttttle bit tight right now."
And Jose Theodore's new mask? Still being worked on.
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