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It's not often we think about the goalie masks of the Florida Panthers, though in fairness we do watch mostly playoff hockey.

But Jose Theodore(notes), you've earned our attention:

Jose Theodore’s mask is a sexy version of Cat Fancy

This is Theodore's new mask for the Panthers, and our records indicate it's the first in NHL history to feature a female feline in a bikini.

The design is a welcome change from the litany of Florida goalie masks that just feature a solitary palm tree or the goalie's face inside the jaws of a Panther head. Were this a Tex Avery cartoon, our eyes would now be bulging out while we make the "aaaah-oooo-gaaah" noise.

So what's the story behind the image? Prepare to feel a little awkward. From George Richards of On Frozen Pond, which published the mask image on Wednesday:

On one side of the mask is a feline wearing a bikini. On the other side is another adult cat (the one that looks a little like Joe Camel) wearing sunglasses. Next to him is a surprised looking kitten. I was told the three cats on the mask represent the Theodore clan: Jose, wife Stephanie and daughter Romy.

So the buxom bikini cat is … his wife? You know, once you work past the initial jaw drop, it's actually a sweet little gesture, no?

Here's the other side:

Jose Theodore’s mask is a sexy version of Cat Fancy

He's a little more Chester Cheetah than Joe Camel, because there's no way Joe Camel is ever using a bendy straw.

Overall, cool mask. Sexiest goalie mask ever? That really all depends on how you feel about The Bride from "Kill Bill" and Final Fantasy games.

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