In a very special way, Carey Price’s new mask celebrates the Canadiens’ centennial – in fact, the Habs only turn 100 on Dec. 4.
It features paintings of some celebrated Canadiens numbers on the left and right and magnificent likenesses of Hall of Famers Gump Worsley on the left and Ken Dryden on the right.
The problem is, it wasn’t supposed to be Ken Dryden. It was supposed to be Jacques Plante.
I had a fun chat with Toronto-based designer, artist and painter David Arrigo this evening about the mixup; he feels terrible about it all, an honest mistake having created a truly one-of-a-kind mask. But mistake and all, Price loves it and will wear it before it is sold at some point down the road for charity.
(Price is back in red Vaughn Velocity pads this season, by the way, saying, “I look as big in red as in white.” No time for superstitition, he says.)
Images below courtesy of David Arrigo: