Sickest Mask in the NHL Goes to…
Jonas Hiller. Need I say more? Out of all the helmets in the NHL, I choose Jonas Hiller’s designs because of their simplicity, cleanliness and aesthetics. Let me start out by saying that I am NOT an Anaheim Ducks fan (in fact quite the opposite), but it was his simple matte black mask that first caught my eye back in 2010.
A lot of the goalies‘ masks today seem too busy and leave the viewer reeling and confused about where they’re supposed to look or the meaning behind the design. Hiller’s mask, on the other hand, had a fresh and clean look to it. The gold metal of the cage and screws contrasts the matte black perfectly for questionably my favorite mask of all time.
In November of 2011, Hiller had his mask painted for a noble cause: Movember. If you don’t know what Movember is or what it stands for, shame on you. All kidding aside, Movember is a month long (mustache growing) effort to raise funds and awareness for various men’s health issues including prostate cancer. “I just wanted to do something different,” Hiller said. “I talked to my painter [Alec Voggel] and he said, ‘Yeah, what do you think? We should just do a couple of masks this year. I sent him the whole theme about Movember and guys growing a mustache.” Now when you think of Ducks with mustaches, one name usually pops into mind: George Parros. But…
Hiller had the ducks team at the time pictured on his helmet with either real mustaches or a photoshopped version of one better than they could actually grow. From this point on, Hiller kept Anaheim and his team on his mind (and his head) when it came to designing future helmets.
One mask lies between the mask that Hiller will wear in the upcoming (hopefully) 2012-2013 season. The 3D Wild Wing mask of the remainder of the 2011-2012 season.
This one is pretty self explanatory. A little busier than we’re used to with Hiller, but still remaining loyal to his team by featuring the Ducks’ mascot Wild Wing in a 3D design.
Ok, now the 2012-2013 mask. It features elements from all of his past helmets and in my opinion will be the sickest looking mask to look for this season. Sticking with the Matte black and metallic golds, Hiller came up with this beauty.
This side of the mask shows Hiller’s love for Anaheim featuring the Ducks’ Home Arena, the Honda Center, and metallic gold Ducks logos with a throwback Mighty Ducks logo.
The other side shows more love for the area with a typical Southern California surfer silhouette and then a shout out to his Swiss home country with the Swiss emblem at the base of the back.
Well this was my two cents about Hiller’s masks but I’d be interested in hearing your argument for another goalie’s mask.