9:00 am, October 14th, 2013
The 2013-2014 NHL season started recently. Did you notice, or were you too busy watching football?
Regardless, you should care about goalie masks. Because goalie masks are awesome, even if you are insane and think hockey isn’t awesome.
In honor of hockey beginning and Columbus Day, here are our definitive rankings of every starting goalie’s helmet, from worst to best. Many are from last year, and some are from this year, based on what information was available at the time of slideshow-ing.
Yes, we posted this before, but if you missed it, it’s definitely worth your time to spend your holiday looking at sports art.
1.Marc-Andre Fleury Mask, Pittsburgh Penguins
Fleury: "Just switched it up a little this year. It’s just a big flower with an old Jacques Plante-type of mask on top and ‘Pittsburgh’ on the bottom.”
2.Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
3.Kari Lehtonen Mask, Dallas Stars
4.Karri Ramo Mask, Calgary Flames
It's called "The Beast."
5.Evgeni Nabakov Mask, New York Islanders
6.Craig Anderson Mask, Ottawa Senators
It's weirdly difficult to find pictures of Craig Anderson's mask. I think this was it last year. I think those pictures are of the same mask. Stupid Internet. Ranking, deserved.
7.Pekka Rinne Mask, Nashville Predators
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8.Ondřej Pavelec Mask, Winnipeg Jets
Czech out his mask. It's very average, unlike his spectacular name.
9.Carey Price Mask, Montreal Canadiens
Carey Price doesn't get his mask's picture included, because it is a very plain, Canadiens-themed mask. It's fine, but it's not nearly as cool as these Peter Budaj masks, which include Ned Flanders and Lionel Messi. The ranking reflects Price's mask.
10.Devan Dubnyk Mask, Edmonton Oilers
11.Ryan Miller Mask, Buffalo Sabres
12.Roberto Luongo Mask, Vancouver Canucks
Classic... yet sorta boring.
13.Ben Bishop Mask, Tampa Bay Lightning
Cool-looking? Sure. But non-weird goalies never have success.
14.Jonathan Quick Mask, LA Kings
15.Henrik Lundqvist Mask, New York Rangers
Ignore the fact that I'm a biased Devils fan: What is "Rangers Razors?" Awful.
16.Jimmy Howard Mask, Detroit Red Wings
"It has nipples. Well, in fairness, so does the Spirit of Detroit statue on which the mask is based.
It’s really a cool concept: The statue is literally raising the city, which be read as a metaphor for how the people of Detroit’s spirit will lift it from its current economic catastrophe or how the Red Wings do the same for those people.
17.Braden Holtby Mask, Washington Capitals
That is a terrifying, presumably-bald, eagle.
18.Tuukka Rask Mask, Boston Bruins
That's a bear and Gerry Cheevers.
19.Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Graffiti + Russia = not bad.
20.Jacob Markstrom Mask, Florida Panthers
This is about as good as it gets for purely logo-based masks.
(Note: Tim Thomas appears to have beaten him out for the starting job, but we have yet to see his Panthers mask.)
21.Antti Niemi Mask, San Jose Sharks
It's a tribute to Finnish war heroes.
22.Martin Brodeur Mask, New Jersey Devils
Brodeur's new mask is his classic old mask, plus his dog's. New teammate
Corey Schneider's mask isn't bad, either.
23.Jason LaBarbera, Pat Tillman Mask (Phoenoix Coyotes, but now Edmonton Oilers)
LaBarbera played for Phoenix last year, and wore a Pat Tillman mask. He's now an Oiler,
wearing a CM Punk mask. Not bad, but a bit less classy than this.
24.Niklas Backstrom Mask, Minnesota Wild
25.James Reimer Mask, Toronto Maple Leafs
James Reimer's name is James Reimer. The thing on his mask? OPTIMUS REIM. It REIMS.
(But this mask should be far cooler with such a cool name. Missed opportunity.)
26.Cam Ward Mask, Carolina Hurricanes
This is Cam Ward's mask last year. That is Blackbeard. He likes Pirates.
27.Semyon Varlamov Mask, Colorado Avalanche
That is "Frosty the Snowman."
28.Brian Elliot Mask, St. Louis Blues
Casey Jones from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That's an A+.
29.Mike Smith Mask, Phoenix Coyotes
Smith's kids + Wile E. Coyote. Beautiful.
30.Steve Mason and Ray Emery Masks, Philadelphia Flyers
I wasn't going to include tandems, but these were too great to ignore. Mason's
"Zombie Founding Fathers" on the left, Emery's Tuskegee Airmen on the right.
31.Jonas Hiller Mask, Anaheim Ducks
California surfing + Swiss flag. Awesome. Hopefully he has an even better one this season.
Photos via FoxSports, DaveArt, Yahoo, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, InGoalMag, NHL