Tuukka Time at The Hall
1/7/16 12:00 AM
Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask unveiled a true “winter classic” when the Boston Bruins hosted the Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium for the NHL’s latest outdoor New Year’s Day hockey game.
Knowing he would take the ice for the Winter Classic inside the home of the four-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, Rask wanted to pay homage to the Patriots success while playing in front of 67,000 fans.
He did so with a special custom-painted goalie mask that is now on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. The mask, which was designed by Bruins equipment assistant Matt Falconer, was Patriots-themed with Bruins colors and included imagery of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Julian Edelman and kicker Stephen Gostkowski. It also included a black and gold adorned Pat Patriot and an image of the old Boston Garden.
“It came out nice,” Rask said before crediting Falconer. “He just had to run it by me and by a couple of the Patriots players on it. We wanted to pay tribute to their success and some of their players and make the biggest part of the mask about the Pats with Bruins colors. I’m pretty happy with the result, and it’s been a secret for months.”
The Bruins released the secret when they sent out images of the mask a couple of days before Rask adorned it for the Winter Classic at Gillette. A few days after the game, Rask sent it to The Hall so that fans could see it up close.
“We are thrilled that Tuukka Rask has allowed us to display such a unique item that he wore for just one game. The attention to detail is incredible and fans now have the chance to see what is truly a work of sports art,” Hall executive director Bryan Morry said. “We are so fortunate to live in such a great sports market, and I can’t imagine a market that has better collaboration among its pro teams. We are thankful to Tuukka, Matt and Patriots club counsel Robyn Glaser for helping to make it possible to display the mask here.”
While Falconer chose the design, the mask was painted by Montreal artist Sylvie Marsolais, who also painted one for Canadiens back-up goalie Ben Scrivens.
Brady, who will lead the Patriots into the 2015 postseason starting Jan. 16 in a Divisional round game at Gillette Stadium, posted the following Facebook message while thanking Rask with a picture, via Photoshop magic, of him running wearing Rask’s goalie equipment:
“Thanks Tuukka for featuring me on your mask today! In your honor, I’ll be rocking your pads this Sunday in Miami. Happy New Year and go Bruins!”
Rask’s mask will be on display in The Hall’s Building Blocks exhibit until June.