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Philipp Grubauer’s new mask mixes favorite theme with vintage feel

Mask artist Dave Gunnarsson brings vintage Avs feel to new lid for Grubauer

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Goaltender Philipp Grubauer may be new to the Colorado Avalanche, but his mask design for the upcoming season is as familiar as it gets for fans of the German tender.

Grubauer’s lid was revealed by mask artist Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt, who has worked with him since they first collaborated on a design in 2011.

Titled “The Desolation of Grubi, Volume 11”, the mask is a continuation of the mask series that Gunnarsson has been working on for Grubauer for years now—-and while none of the masks are quite the same, it’s a fantastically familiar feel for the new Avalanche backup:

Based on the team’s jersey and logo, this new design has a Rocky Mountain feel that replaces the Americana, flag-inspired designs that Grubauer wore in Washington.

The team’s current logo is given a classic feel using Sketch FX on the top of the lid, but the old design - inspired by the former Colorado Rockies, who played in Denver until they were relocated to New Jersey in the early 1980’s - gets the featured focus in the mountains on the sides, fading in to give it a three-dimensional feel.

The design has layers, as with most of the Swedish artist’s designs; look closely enough, and you’ll catch the Avalanche yeti footprint marching across the mask using a holographic paint to shimmer in and out of focus.

Add a sketch-inspired German eagle on the chin underneath Grubauer’s nickname, and it’s an excellent design boasting plenty of meaning for the team and the player alike.

Here’s a closer look, which gives you a better idea of what the holographic designs look like:

Watching the players get back into the swing of things in training camp is fun, but masks are infinitely funner.

Happy training camp season, everyone!