A Look at The Bears Goalie Masks for the 2018 Outdoor Classic


Photo: Zack Fisch

If you’ve followed NoVa Caps over the years, you know we are big fans of the artists that participate in the Capitals and Bears communities. One of our favorite artists is Dave Gunnarsson, goalie mask artist for the Capitals and Bears. We’ve done a number of pieces on Gunnarsson, as well as had the pleasure of interviewing him on several occasions. Simply put, Dave is the best in the business and the Caps and Bears are extremely fortunate to have him as their artist. Gunnarsson has created dozens of masks for the Bears and Capitals over the years, and as luck would have it, the 2018 Outdoor Classic has brought us two more gorgeous masks from Gunnarsson’s workshop in Sweden. 

Vitek Vanecek
Bears goalie Vitek Vanecek publicly unveiled his new Outdoor Classic bucket at practice on Thursday. The mask is rich in chocolate and white, with Hershey block lettering across the top and 3-D hologram affects interlaced throughout the paint scheme.

Gunnarsson released a collage of Vanecek’s mask early Saturday evening on his Instagram account. The post included a detailed description of the overall vision and design process for Vanecek’s mask.

Gunnarsson wrote: “The Outdoor Classic 2018 mask for Vitek Vanecek is here🐻⛄️. It is created in a mix of airbrush and brush tech, in an old school style. It is totally inspired from the outdoor uniform❄️. I love the visible brush strokes in all the colors, it gives so much life to the colors, I worked a lot with that on this mask. I love that as the paint nerd I am🤓. And just as usual, when you come closer the mask transforms into a Storyteller mask📕. The matte finish adds to the retro touch of the mask🙏🏻.”

Gunnarsson also released a short video of the new mask:

 

Pheonix Copley
Pheonix also unveiled his Outdoor Classic mask at Thursday’s practice at Hersheypark Stadium. Copley’s mask includes original old school Bears logos and artwork on the sides with a large “31” across the top of the mask. The mask also included Copley’s traditional candy canes across the front, an homage to his hometown North Pole, Alaska.

Gunnarsson posted a video of Pheonix Copley’s Outdoor Classic bucket Saturday aftenoon.

 

Gunnarsson wrote: “It is created in an old school style, totally inspired from the outdoor uniform❄️. It is created with a brush to give those very visible brush strokes🖌🔍👀, I love that retro style as the paint nerd I am🤓. The design really comes to life when you can see the handmade brush strokes. The matte finish adds to the retro touch of the mask🙏🏻. And just as usual, when you come closer the mask transforms into a Storyteller mask📕. The candycanes on the chin are a greetings card to Pheonix’s home of Alaska…”

We love you Dave! Keep ’em coming!

By Jon Sorensen

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Pheonix Copley’s Outdoor Classic 2018 for his team Hershey Bears mask is here🐻⛄️. It is created in an old school style, totally inspired from the outdoor uniform❄️. It is created with a brush to give those very visible brush strokes🖌🔍👀, I love that retro style as the paint nerd I am🤓. The design really comes to life when you can see the handmade brush strokes. The matte finish adds to the retro touch of the mask🙏🏻. And just as usual, when you come closer the mask transforms into a Storyteller mask📕. The candycanes on the chin are a greetings card to Pheonix’s home of Alaska…🍭🏔 @pheonixcopley @thehersheybears @theahl @daveart #DaveArtTheStoryteller #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity #outdoorclassic2018

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About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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4 Responses to A Look at The Bears Goalie Masks for the 2018 Outdoor Classic

  1. Hazel Rayson says:

    Those goalie masks are just 😍 thanks for the pictures!

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  2. Pingback: Vitek Vanecek Gets a New Mask from David Gunnarsson | NoVa Caps

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