Andrei Vasilevskiy embraced his dark side by unveiling a new mask and black-based Bauer set of pads and gloves to match the debut of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s new third jerseys this week.
The mask, as always, was painted by Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush, and is essentially a black-and-white version of his usual Tampa Bay mask, which debuted on InGoal a year ago complete with a look at his switch to the new “Xrd protection” and foams on a stock liner for Bauer’s NME VTX mask.
The telltale neon green lines on that liner are about the only signs of color on his new mask:
Vasilevskiy also broke out a new set of black based 2X Pro pads and gloves for the special occasion, and along with the jersey and mask it made for a good look, as seen in its practice debut this week:
It looked even better with the third jerseys in game action. As for the theories dark equipment looks smaller or makes it easier for shooters to see open net behind a goaltender, Vasilevskiy didn’t appear to have any problems while making 38 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues.
The goalie nicknamed “Big Cat” was up to his usual, athletic tricks in his new look:
Vasilevskiy does not disappoint. pic.twitter.com/LKeLepW4bJ
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) February 8, 2019
As for the mask that appeared to take the brunt of that last shot, the Sylabrush studios were kind enough to share more closeups showing off the mixture of palm trees and lightning bolts, an electrically charged lion on the forehead and top, and a mixture of symbols from his native Russia.
Be sure to check out more of Marsolais’ work at Sylabrush.com, or follow her on Instagram and Twitter. In the meantime, enjoy more up-close photos of Vasilevskiy’s dark new mask: