October 29, 2008
Last week, Wysh introduced us to the "Saw V" inspired goalie masks that Tampa Bay Lightning keepers Olaf Kolzig and Mike Smith will wear to promote the latest edition of the successful horror franchise. We've also seen Ottawa Senators goalie Martin Gerber break out his "Darth Gerber" mask this season, but since there hasn't been a "Star Wars" movie featuring Darth Vader in three years, I think he just went for the black paintjob instead of any sort of promotion campaign.
It got me to thinking what goalies around the National Hockey League could use movie-inspired artwork covering their craniums:
What Just Happened: Jose Theodore. Hart and Vezina Trophy winner in 2001, then he slips on ice (off the rink), gets busted for Propecia and he hasn't been the same.
A Nightmare on Elm Street: Rick DiPietro. Or Hempstead Turnpike for that matter. Just when that 15-year contract was looking like a good idea, the Islanders goaltender has surgery on both of his hips and now has some sort of undisclosed injury.*
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow: Roberto Luongo. He can do much more than a simple "C" on his mask by letting the world know he is indeed the captain ... and how he might have opened up a can of worms.
*Not an injury if you're within the Islander organization.
For readers who are movie buffs, let's hear your suggestions. Not a movie fan? Then go check out Sports Illustrated's gallery of 2008-09 goalie masks to entertain you.