It took a trade to the Detroit Red Wings for Dominic Hasek to add the Stanley Cup to his vast trophy case. A man known for being unconventional, he was one of the few goalies to continue to wear the helmet and cage styled mask. Because of this, the mask is actually more interesting from the rear than the front. Based from a photo by team photographer Dave Reginek, this painting was originally completed in an 18 hour marathon painting spree as a university project. This was the first mask in the Hockey’s Masked Men series.
Hockey’s Masked Men is a series of large scale oil paintings created by Canadian artist Michael Slotwinski. They depict representations of iconic goalie masks from over the last half century. The excessive scale is meant to show people how the ‘hockey mask’ has developed as a pieces of protection, recognisable symbols, works of art, and icons in popular culture and fashion. As technology evolved, so did the game and the masks worn to protect the men behind them. While the battle-scars have faded into history, new art-forms and cast-molds continue to add deep characteristics to the masks worn by hockey’s greatest goaltenders. As simple designs turned into complicated art forms, take the time to revisit the masks that made hero’s and legends.
Hockey’s Masked Men has been seen by over 200,000 people in person and has been displayed at various art galleries, OHL arenas, and NHL Alumni events across Ontario.