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Talking Mask


HELSINKI -- One of the great things to look forward to at the start of each hockey season is what new designs goalies are going to come up with for their masks.

Here in Florida we've seen some pretty cool ones.


My fave? The John Vanbiesbrouck cat mouth from the 1995-96 season. That was a tight mask.

I also liked


Craig Anderson's lid from last year with the Corvette theme and the cat skeleton.

Nothing all that exciting coming out of the Panthers this season, although Scott Clemmensen has a little creativity to his.

I didn't snap pictures because I only had it in my hands for a second (his new mask actually came fitted wrong so he may have to start the season with his old Devils mask) but it's pretty tropical looking. He tied the Panthers in with multi-colored puma-looking cats streaking across the helmet in pastel colors. He also has his Jimmy Buffet parrot on the back. It's different looking, I'll say that.

And the light blue colors may fit right in with that rumored third jersey (it's not really a rumor, it's coming out in November).

Check out Clemmensen's new mask in tomorrow's Miami Herald NHL special section.

-- Speaking of new masks, the Denver Post's Adrian Dater took some shots of Anderson's new mask in Colorado. He's going with the snowman look, while still throwing in the Corvette racing thing. Check 'er out.