October 21, 2008
In last night's Puck Headlines, we had this image from the Tampa Bay Lightning that promoted a ticket campaign (.pdf) for tonight's game against the Atlanta Thrashers: Buy a lower-level seat, earn a ticket to a screening of co-owner Oren Koules's new film "Saw V."
The ad was super-creepy. The team's "Saw V" goalie masks are even creepier.
These images were from TheGoalieStore.com boards and forwarded to us by Puck Daddy reader Jami.
Lightning goalie Mike Smith on Saturday night wore a mask the team hopes will become a collector's item for fans of the grisly Saw movies and benefit some charities in the process. On one side of the mask, a picture of the creepy clown doll that taunts the movie's victims and police, on the other, the evil Jigsaw and his female accomplice, the architects of the bloody on-screen mayhem. Chains on both sides of the mask appear to pull apart a mouth.
Lightning owner Oren Koules is the Hollywood producer responsible for the series that continues Friday with the release of Saw V. Goalie Olaf Kolzig also will wear a mask depciting the movie, but the team said it has yet to arrive.
It was unclear how many times the masks will be worn. Smith's will be auctioned to benefit the Lightning Foundation. Kolzig's will be auctioned to benefit Athletes Against Autism.
The shot of Smith was the best we could find from game action against the Minnesota Wild.
While the notion of using your goaltenders' masks to promote your latest horror film may be slightly off-putting to the Koules-bashers, there can be no doubt about two things: First, that it's for good causes; and second, that the masks (and especially the Kolzig one) are pretty badass.
That said, we eagerly await more masks from Koules-produced TV and films; like the Olaf Kolzig "Two and a Half Men" mask and the Mike Smith "Repo! The Genetic Opera" mask featuring Paris Hilton and Paul Sorvino.