A few days ago, our good friend Sylvie Marsolais from Sylabrush sent us some exclusive photos of Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy’s new mask for the 2013-14 season.
Although he will be spending this season in the KHL with Salavat Yulaev Ufa, Vasilevskiy has said numerous times that he’s committed to playing in North America. One of the most exciting 1994-born prospects in the world, he’ll continue to develop in his native homeland by playing in one of the top leagues in the world.
Proof of Vasilevskiy’s commitment to the NHL and the Lightning organization is seen in his new lid. This Vaughn mask was custom-molded by Dom Malerba from Pro’s Choice before being sent to Sylvie to be painted.
“We met Andrei this summer, and after a short time we saw a passionate goalie that really cares about his equipment, and especially his mask,” Sylvie said. “He told us with a smile, ‘I like cat’ with a Russian accent, so we drew him a raging tiger in the background. For the rest, we airbrushed sparkling blues and candy effects to make it stand out.”
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If you look at this mask while moving it across any type of light, you can easily see the reflective splash in the white background. It also has a beautiful and sparkling blue 1967 Chevy Camaro, with a special twist to make it pop.
The lettering and outline are chrome, and on the sides you can see a knight on a horse with a Russian emblem shield in a watermark design, as per his request. On top you can see the raging tiger, but in a subtle and somewhat discreet manner, per his personal request.
On the backplate, you can see a fierce and powerful Zeus sitting on the clouds with lightning bolts in his hands, ready to attack. The lightning bolt wrapping around his massive muscular arm plus the solid red eyes is a great touch, as it represents a classic Lightning theme with some unique twists.
Overall, you have to love the overall look and feel of the mask. Sylabrush has continued to improve her methods over the past two years, and her success is seen in the rising volume of pro and junior-level goalies relying on her to design their masks and bring their unique identities to life.