Roberto Luongo gets new mask, talks old mask with The Score

Roberto Luongo debuted a new mask in Monday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. Since the mask is meant to be paired with the Canucks’ third jersey that features their original stick-in-rink logo, it echoes the mask of former Canuck goaltender Curt Ridley.

Ridley’s mask combined four stick-in-rink logos for an eye-catching cross design. It’s a gorgeous design and with the Canucks bringing back the stick-in-rink logo it was just a matter of time before it was revisited. Thing is, Luongo’s not even the first Canuck this season to wear a Ridley-inspired mask. Cory Schneider’s been wearing one all season.

Here’s an odd thing, though. There’s a picture online of the mask in production that features a small “C” on the back. The only time that Luongo wore a mask with a “C” on it was when he was the team captain, but the “C” in this picture does look like a captain’s “C”.

But Luongo’s current mask does not feature that “C” any more:

If the “C” was not meant to be a captain’s “C” then why would it have been removed? It seems pretty clear that it was originally designed as a captain’s goalie mask.

My theory for why the mask originally featured the “C” is that it was likely designed prior to Luongo giving up the captaincy. When Luongo stepped down, he said that he was ”fighting with the idea the whole way because I loved being captain.” It’s possible, and again this is just my theory, that this mask was designed during the 2010 off-season while Luongo was still toying with the idea of remaining the Canucks’ captain for the 2010-11 season.

Luongo also recently spoke to The Score regarding his main mask, which features an extravagantly moustached Johnny Canuck.

The big missed opportunity here is that Paul Brothers doesn’t ask Luongo about the oddest feature of his mask: the green cage. As far as I’m aware, Luongo is the only goaltender in NHL history with a green cage on the front of his mask. I’ve seen plain metal, white, black, blue, and even red, but never green. It’s an odd choice that no one seems to have noticed or commented on.

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  1. Kit
    December 27, 2011

    I love the green cage! And the green pads, for that matter. Probably because green is so much less common in the NHL. Waaay too much blue and red in this league.

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    • Zach Morris
      December 27, 2011

      and too many black jerseys, and teams with black as their main colour.

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    • Tengeresz
      December 28, 2011

      Exactly Kit. The Goalie is the only one who can inject some personal style into the uniform, and I think it’s great that the Green Cage is prominent to match the green stripes on the jersey and set it apart from the rest of the league.

      Either that or it’s a secret tribute to the Green Men?

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  2. peanutflower
    December 27, 2011

    Although it’s way better for Luongo’s state of mind to not be captain, perhaps, I still feel bad that he gave it up. The mask is cool too. I noticed the green cage right away but it never occurred to me that it was the only one.

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