Metal and hockey have a long history together. Former Toronto Maple Leafs icon Felix Potvin was a notorious metalhead—no surprise, considering he hailed from the province that birthed Cryptopsy. Ex-Red Wing Boyd Devereaux, for his part, ran a boutique label that cut limited-run doom and sludge records. Finns like like Toni Lydman and Jere Lehtinen were huge ‘bangers, no doubt thanks to their Nordic heritage. Buffalo Sabre Drew Stafford toured with Queen City hardcore act Every Time I Die. Is hockey the most metal sport? Probably.
Still, the most metal-friendly moment in hockey may belong to veteran goalie Chris Mason. Though he’s now a member of the Augsburg Panthers in the German Elite League, the Red Deer, AB native spent more than a decade manning the crease in the NHL, playing for the Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, the Altanta Thrashers and, of course, the Winnipeg Jets. Yet while his team colours have changed, his devotion to metal has remained the same—which he memorialized with his newest, Iron Maiden-worshipping mask.
Painted by Steve Nash (no, not that Steve Nash) at Eyecandyair, the mask features Eddie in trooper format, but with slight modifications: Instead of carrying Iron Maiden’s signature Union Jack, Mason’s mask features Eddie clutching the German flag (for the league he plays in) and a Canadian ensign (because, like, Canada). To make it even better, the art was directly inspired by Marin Popoff’s book about Derek Riggs—who created Iron Maiden’s beloved monster—titled Run For Cover.
Check a few images of the mask below, via InGoal Magazine.
Badass, no? Here’s a Vine compiling the mask’s creation.