Prix CareyThe new Montreal Canadiens mask is designed to transform the Montreal Canadiens goaltender into a cyborg: half-man, half-machine, allowing him to channel various elements of the great history of the team’s goaltenders directly into his own brain.
“I really wanted to add something from the Montreal Canadiens to it, so the idea was to put some of the information from the former Canadiens goaltenders that would be directly connected to his brain,” said Bourgeault, who runs J Bo Airbrush (@joboairbrush on Instagram.) “It also goes to where the camera system is, which is one of the eyes, the eye on the robotic side. So, it’s almost as if all of the skills and everything that was learned from all the Guardians of the past are now transferred into him and making him this ultimate cyborg guardian. ”
These skills are transferred through a “Habs Goal Power System” circuit board on the right side which includes a “Vezina Power” indicator light as well as lights for Patrick Roy, Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden. The wires from this circuit board connect to the camera lens on the right side of the mask which features a reflection of Maurice Richard. The left side is a human eye.
Bourgeault proposed an acronym for the camera system: HABS (Habitants Archival Blocking System.)
“Same idea as the printed circuit,” said Bourgeault. “The keepers of the past have all of this information and since this is a camera lens I thought it would be a good place to mirror someone he was playing against and wanted to keep it with the Habs,” so I thought he probably took a lot of Rocket Richard pictures. ”
Even the wire harness between the circuit board and the camera lens contains a nod to the team’s history, with years they won the Stanley Cup written on the wires.
There is also a “PSI” gauge, but this one represents the percentage saving indicator, and of course, it is well over 0.900 for the price.
On the backplate, Bourgeault includes “Made in Canada” in French and English around a maple leaf that was the logo of the Canadians in 1910.
Bourgeault estimates that he spent 250 hours designing, preparing and painting on his first draft for an NHL goalie, including using a matte finish on human parts of the mask like bones, teeth and brain, and a glossy finish for the mechanical parts. . He knows he’s not the first painter to use a cyborg theme on a goalie mask, but he’s tried to make it as realistic as possible. And while he might not have a big, bold Canadiens logo on the side, he kept the team in it.
“In as many small places as I could without being too silly with it, I was trying to pump out as much of that old story as possible,” Bourgeault said.
Photos of Lune Attic Films.