Roberto Luongo will debut a new mask tonight against the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Arena. To the best of my knowledge he owns the franchise record for most masks worn in a career. There’s been a lot of them. Lets revisit them…
Luongo joined the team in 2006-07 when the team was still wearing their old uniforms and wore this mask:
This one is my personal favourite. I know it’s a bit like an homage to the Vancouver Grizzlies, but there’s a lot to like. The team changed its colours the following year and Luongo changed his mask completely.
Also during Luongo’s first year, he wore this vintage style mask for when the team wore their vintage jerseys. It’s been seen now and again ever since:
And since then? Well it’s been a parade of different masks, and even changes to masks. He added a blue C to his masks when he was named captain, then changed the colour to white. Since Henrik became captain, he of course removed the C, and replaced it with the 40th anniversary logo. Here’s a sampling.
There was the mystery mask, which we rarely ever saw:
Johnny Canuck was featured prominently on this mask, but he has gone away with it this year ,probably for superstitious reasons (yes, he’s very superstitious):
Similar to it, Johnny Canuck, Olympic edition:
This year Luongo has gone primarily with this vintage look:
By my count this new mask will mark at least the fifth major mask change in five seasons with the Canucks. Of course, it still comes nowhere near the best mask in franchise history, that honour goes to Gary Bromley:
Now that’s a mask.