It is apparently mask season for Florida Panthers goalies. Last week, we got a sneak peek at Spencer Knight’s new mask. Sunday, Chris Driedger gave us a look at his new one as well.
And it’s a doozy.
Driedger’s mask this season already created some buzz as it came on the heels of the popular Disney+ Star Wars series The Mandalorian complete with the Baby Yoda.
This new one is more inside-baseball but, for fans of the Panthers, it is no doubt going to be popular.
The mask, which features the Panthers logo on the top, also has sketches of his teammates.
On one side of the helmet, Driedger has Jonathan Huberdeau depicted driving Keith Yandle. In Yandle’s hand is a cup — an iced coffee perhaps?
On the other side of the mask are more teammates: MacKenzie Weegar, Aaron Ekblad, Frank Vatrano and Radko Gudas, rocking a fedora as if he was strolling into the arena.
There are also a few palm trees painted on there as well. Click on the Twitter link below to see the helmet in all of its glory.
— Chris Driedger (@ChrisDriedger) May 2, 2021
On the back, there’s Rafiki from Lion King doing some yoga (which Driedger really got into during the pandemic while in quarantine) as well as Baby Yoda.
As with Knight’s new mask, it was designed and painted by David Gunnarsson whom Driedger thanked in his tweet for “pulling this off.”
We should see the mask in action soon as Driedger — who has been out with what is believed to be a groin injury — is close to a return per coach Joel Quenneville.
On Saturday, Quenneville said Driedger would get a start during Florida’s final homestand of the season which starts Monday night against the Dallas Stars.
Driedger is not expected to play Monday, but could be in one of the final games against Tampa Bay.
ON DECK: STARS AT PANTHERS
When: Monday, 7
Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise
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Season series: Florida leads 5-2
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