The Washington Capitals inked undrafted free agent goaltender Clay Stevenson to a two-year entry-level deal back on March 28, 2022, with Stevenson’s NHL deal beginning next season. Since the end of March, Stevenson has been working with world-renowned goalie mask artist Dave Gunnarsson to create his first mask as a Capitals’ prospect.
Stevenson debuted the new bucket in the Capitals development camp scrimmage on Friday night (above).
Artist Gunnarsson also released a few closeup images of the new design on his Instagram account over the past week.
Gunnarsson inscribed the post: “Welcome Clay Stevenson to the DaveArt Family!🤩⭐️ It was an awesome experience and very exciting paint ride to paint and create your first pro bucket🎨. The Caps design is created as a mix of classic layout and modern 3️⃣-D details hovering all over the creation..🚀 And the closer you come, the more painted details you will discover…👀🔍 Thank you Clay for the paint ride!
Gunarsson also posted a video montage of the new design, as he does with his other Capitals clients.
In addition to Stevenson, Gunnarsson has created designs for Braden Holtby, Ilya Samsonov, Ryan Bedanrd, Pheonix Copley and Vitek Vanecek.
Stevenson will likely battle Zach Fucale and Hunter Shepard for one of the two regular spots on the Bears roster to begin the season. If he is unsuccessful in securing one of the two spots, it’s likely he begins the season in South Carolina.
Thoughts on the new design?
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