Michal Neuvirth’s new mask honors late Flyers owner Ed Snider (Photo)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 20: The initials 'EMS' are seen as a patch on Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers for the late Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider, during the first period of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 20, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Michal Neuvirth was in net for the entirety of Saturday night’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. The Philadelphia Flyers’ netminder was making his preseason debut and showing off his new mask in the process.

On one side is Střekov Castle from Neuvirth’s hometown of Ústí nad Labem. The other side features a great tribute to Ed Snider, the late Flyers’ owner who passed away in April.

Art of Dave
Art of Dave

“I think it says all you need to say,” Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol said via “He is pretty special within our locker room and every player is going to pay tribute in their own way, and that is one way that Neuvy chooses to do so and I think it’s a great thing.”

Snider owned the franchise since their inception in 1967 as part of the NHL’s expansion from the Original Six era.

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Painted by the great Dave Gunnarsson of, the mask features two images of Snider above the tribute logo designed by artist David E. Wilkinson which was used by the team during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“Michal Neuvirth knew what he wanted on his new Philadelphia Flyers mask,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook page. “He wanted it transformed into an epic tribute to the one and only, Mr Flyers himself, Ed Snider”

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