Spencer Knight will make his second NHL start of his young career Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. And, per a sneak peek on Twitter, it appears he will be getting a new Florida Panthers themed mask as well.
Knight, 20, has been wearing his Boston College mask — complete with the BC Eagle logo — since signing with the Panthers late last month.
According to a Tweet posted by @GoalieGearNerd, Knight has a new one.
The helmet, designed and painted by noted artist Dave Gunnarsson, features the Florida Panthers’ leaping cat logo on both sides with the new shield logo on the top.
The chin area of the mask has an American flag look keeping with Knight being part of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and winning gold at World Juniors for Team USA in January.
Even the Panther logo lends an ode to Knight’s American pride as the panther’s paw is a field of stars.
— Goalie Gear Nerd (@GoalieGearNerd) April 29, 2021
It’s a clean looking mask.
Knight did not break out the new mask Thursday in Chicago. He was still wearing the Boston College one.
So, we will have to wait to see it in action.
Knight did have new pads on, replacing his Team USA ones with red, blue and silver slashes. We’re sure @DavidDwork will be doing something on them eventually.
Gunnarsson also painted the masks worn by Florida goalies Sergei Bobrovsky and Chris Driedger.
Bobrovsky, like Knight, has stuck with the Florida Panthers’ logos on his masks since coming to the team with his latest featuring the team’s wordmark and retro hockey stick/palm tree combo.
Driedger made some headlines before the season by going with a Mandolorian-themed mask complete with a Baby Yoda.
Good looking lids, both.