D.C.'s Most Unique Goalie Mask?
Earlier this month, Tarik El-Bashir brought you images of Semyon Varlamov's new mask. It prominently features Mount Rushmore.
Now, I understand that presidents usually live in the District, and Mount Rushmore (except in Gilbert's version of the Black Mount Rushmore) features presidents, but it still seemed weird to mix in some Dakotas with D.C.
So how, then, to mix in some good old Presidential imagery with the Washington Capitals? Presenting the just-arrived mask of Brett "Stretch" Leonhardt, which certainly rivals any other mask currently in D.C.
On one side is Abe Lincoln, wearing Caps red. On the other side is George Washington, wearing road white. The entire mask is infused with monument brick, to increase the D.C. feeling. (Leonhardt lives in Northwest.) On the top is the Declaration of Independence, including the first few lines, and on the bottom is his nickname, written on a scroll. The back shows the Presidential Seal, filled with the Leonhardt family shield, plus the Roman numeral LXXX, for his jersey number.
Last year, when the web producer and part-time practice player took the ice for the Caps during that actual NHL game, he wore his mask from Neumann College featuring Rocky, which didn't really fit in, color- or imagery-wise. But it was also coming apart; when he took a Mike Knuble puck to the head last week, two screws popped out.
But he had always wanted a cat eye mask, since he had never before played in a league that allowed them. Plus, he's friends with NHL mask artist Derrick Gilders, since Leonhardt helps coach Gilders's
sun son during the summer. Gilders did the masks for Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth, and Leonhardt jokingly told him that he "wanted to have one of the best masks in this team's history." Plus, he thought there were enough masks featuring images of the Capitol Dome and various monuments, he wanted to do in another direction.
"I just wanted original, different, something that hasn't been done," Leonhardt said.
I'll give him a more-than passing grade on that account. It's hard to beat Lincoln in a Caps jersey.
(Also, Caps PR guru Nate Ewell points out that Leonhardt now has an ESPN.com player page, with someone else's photo, that says he's on 0.2 percent of ESPN.com fantasy leagues, with an average draft position of 230.
"Obviously it's a database error," Leonhardt said. "It must have been a late-round autodraft, I don't know. All in all, pretty cool. But anyone would be an idiot to draft me."
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