Behind the Mask by Mike Clemente
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“A goalie’s equipment is one of the few places in sports where you can show your personality.Â That is especially true with the mask.Â It might be the only piece of equipment in sports where you can put inspirational quotes, inside jokes, nicknames, and even something for your family. It is always exciting to plan a new mask but it is also nerve wracking because you want it to look sharp”.
“My first painted mask was done by Mom’s friend who happened to be an airbrush artist. It was a direct rip off of Olaf Kolzig’s Godzilla mask.Â I remember when I got it for Christmas in 1998, I just stared at it I was so shocked!Â My all time favorite mask has to be Olaf Kolzig’s Godzilla.Â It has sentimental value because he was my favourite goalie growing up and my first mask was a copy of his”.
“There are a few things I like to put on my helmets. I always reserve the backplate for things special to me.Â Every helmet I have had since college has included a Lemonhead dressed as a goalie because my nickname in college was Lemons. I put five arrows bound together on my helmets for my five brothers. Three of them got tattoos of it but I wussed out and instead got it painted on my helmet. It is a nice way to remember my family and all the sacrifices all of them have made for me. My girlfriend’s initials round out the rest of my back plate.”
“My pads this year should go well with the helmet! I am planning on making them darker so they will look great with all ourÂ jerseys, especially the home one, which also looks menacing & fantastic!”
Be sure to check back later in the lead up to the 2016/17 season to see what Clemente’s pads look like, and to see our new jerseys!
The image of a painted Storm goalie mask certainly brought back memories to many of the Storm fans, with plenty of photos of old Storm goalie helmets being posted. What’s your favourite Storm mask of all time? Let us know on Twitter & Facebook!