The St. Louis Blues starting goaltender already has a handful of goaltender masks just for the 2019-20 season. You can add one more to the list.
When St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington debuted in the net in January of 2019, nobody knew he was going to be quite the mask aficionado. We only ever saw him wear one all of last season.
Why would he need to change? Goaltenders are notoriously superstitious about their equipment and Binnington had a season that almost won him the Calder trophy and went all the way to the Stanley Cup championship.
Binnington has showed us he is not just a one-mask goaltender in 2019-20. Even if only briefly, Binnington has worn three different masks in 2019-20.
You can make that number four after the All-Star weekend is over. Binnington is going to wear yet another goaltender mask for the NHL All-Star Skills Competition.
In fairness, this one is not truly Binnington’s mask, though it does belong to him. The mask was given to him from EA Sports after being named to the NHL 20 Team of the Year.
The mask was delivered on January 10. According to the Blues website and EA Sports, the Team of the Year is to celebrate the best in the game for the previous calendar year.
The other members of this celebratory team were Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov, the Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid, San Jose Sharks’ Brent Burns and John Carlson, also of the Capitals.
The mask, overall, is nothing special. What will be odd is players generally wear their actual team jerseys during the skills competition.
The mask is all black and yellow. It would be fitting of a goaltender with the Boston Bruins or maybe even Pittsburgh Penguins.
Binnington will stick out like a sore thumb with a black and yellow mask with his blue jersey. Maybe that is fitting since it is an EA Sports mask and goalies used to keep their original team mask if you traded them to a different team within the game.
The design isn’t bad. It’s got a nice Blue Note on the forehead.
The NHL 20 logo is on the chin. There are strings of blue notes along different parts of the mask, in addition to the phrase Team of the Year along the jaw line.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) January 23, 2020
Still, the color scheme almost seems like a bad joke from a Bruins fan given the fact the Blues beat Boston. I’m sure it’s a coincidence, but it is almost funny.
Nevertheless, it is going to be most amusing seeing Binnington wear his fourth mask of the season. That might set a record, unless some other goaltender had more in an Olympic year or something of that nature.