One month ago, legendary Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Tony Esposito passed away at age 78 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Current Hawks netminder Malcolm Subban will honor Esposito with a new mask design for the 2021-22 season.
Subban took to his Instagram page Wednesday to share the new design from Coveted Mask Inc.
The artwork on the mask was painted by Resurrection Custom Painting.
"I painted this for Malcolm a few weeks ago and I have been chomping at the bit to post the pics since. Tony Esposito tribute. I was given a ton of freedom on the design, and I’m stoked with how it turned out," Erich Ferguson of Ressurection Custom Painting wrote in an Instagram post that included photos of the mask.
Perhaps the most distinctive element within the design is Tony Esposito's iconic white mask, which he wore for all but 13 of his 985 NHL games. Call it mask-ception if you will, as Esposito's face protector appears four times on Subban's new getup.
Stick taps are in order for all parties involved in designing this mask. The sentiment is heartfelt and the artwork is exquisite. It won't be long before Blackhawks fans get to see Subban's new mask on the ice as training camp is just around the corner and preseason action will get underway before the calendar turns to October.