When a change in scenery happens for a goaltender that means it's time for new mask art. Such was the case for Winnipeg Jets netminder Al Montoya. After spending the past season and a half with the New York Islanders, Montoya signed with the Jets on July 4 on a one-year deal where he'll backup Ondrej Pavelec.
Last year, the "Big Cubano" went all in with an Islanders/sea motif, featuring an old man on the sea and a lighthouse. The backplate was a "man in the moon" smoking a cigar and Montoya's nickname.
Sticking with a theme based around his new club, Montoya's mask for his first season in Winnipeg features a cartoon jet with an aggressive look with the mouth of a jet going around the cage.
Via In Goal Mag:
If you take a quick glance you'll almost think you're looking at Brian Hayward's mask when he was with the San Jose Sharks.
The backplate again features his nickname, as well as the initials of members of his family. The art was again done by Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs, who has also done masks for Ryan Miller, Tomas Vokoun and Jimmy Howard, among others.
Now if only we could get Montoya or Pavelec to take on Chris Mason's awesome, awesome Jets-themed pad set that he wore last year...
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