Being a goalie is a thankless job, but the one perk is that your equipment--unlike your teammates'--gets to be a personal creative outlet. From animals to movies and inside jokes, you get to make it your own, and nowhere is that more prominent than on the bucket.
Here are some of the coolest new mask designs for the 2018-2019 NHL season, from Harry Potter to a moving tribute.
Patrik Rybar - Detroit Red Wings
There's not a whole lot you can do in Big D. You have two basic colors, and your logo hasn't changed significantly since the 1930s. But rookie prospect Rybar had put together a simple but classic tribute to the city of Detroit.Will this look cool on a goalie?
Roberto Luongo - Florida Panthers
When you've been around as long as perpetual All-Star Roberto (19 seasons and counting), you don't have to scream for attention. That's why his simple white and gold design for 2018-2019 is so cool. Note the subtle Panthers' eyes on the side.Will this look cool on a goalie?
Connor Hellebuyck - Winnipeg Jets
Back in 2011, Winnipeg Jets' defenseman Dustin Byfuglien was arrested and charged with "boating while intoxicated." Leave it to your teammates to never let you live something like that down. Hellebuyk's new bucket features a smiling Byfuglien ice fishing (no sign of the cops, though).Will this look cool on a goalie?
Louis Domingue - Tampa Bay Lightning
There's no better way to get into your fans' good graces than by paying tribute to your teams' past greats. Recent Lightning member Domingue is hoping to bring a little of the 2004 Cup magic to the 2018-2019 team, with Tampa legends Martin St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier on his head.Will this look cool on a goalie?