UPDATE: (Not So Fast)… There’s a F$%&ing Tiger on Ilya Bryzgalov’s Mask


Ugh. You can thank Charlie Sheen for killing what little cool was left in tigers. Apparently, word hasn't reached Bryzgalov yet.

According to In Goal Magazine, this is what Bryz's new mask will look like. Let's break it down:

1) That tiger needs about three shots of testosterone. Good lord, he looks like Nathan Lane in The Birdcage. Grrr.

2) The smoke transition from black-to-tiger is nice. But again, tiger.

3) It's a fucking tiger. 

Something tells me this was based on the Rocky request (Eye of the Tiger) he had from one fan back in July. Dammit.

Butt slap to Dave Isaac and Dustin Leed for the find

UPDATE: The designer at Drummond Custom Airbrush (the local company that has done other Flyers masks) says he will be customizing a mask for Bryz:

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He told us it will include some Philly-themed history and will be "worth the wait."

Now, without knowing the inner-workings of the NHL goalie mask underground, I wouldn't be shocked if a number of places pitched their mask ideas to 'tenders. We shall see.

H/T to (@PuckDucky) for her unrivaled hockey knowledge

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  • Becca August 17, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Somehow I don’t think the Flyers will particularly care for the Bauer in the middle of the Flyers logo.

  • mcline88 August 17, 2011 at 10:19 am

    terrible. whats with the eyes on the tiger??Its not even an intimidating looking Tiger. i agree with Becca, does the Bauer name have to be slapped right over the Flyers logo? TERRIBLE.

  • Toneloc August 17, 2011 at 10:22 am

    da, eye of ze tiger, no?

  • Brett August 17, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Just win games. He can have a giant penis painted on his helmet as long as he stops shots.

  • Chris August 17, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Siberian tiger? Russia…. hello? The tiger’s more Russian than the people suggesting he have Drago from Rocky IV on it.

  • Face August 17, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Hextall’s with the Philadelphia sky line was my favorite. This one is ok I guess. It’ll look pretty cool with the black alternates.

  • Evaporationboy August 17, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Face, when was the last time you saw the black alternates? They gone yo!

  • Leon Black August 17, 2011 at 11:08 am


  • zach August 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

    was waiting for you to post a story about this mask. its terrible, so hopefully he doesnt go with it.

  • marrrk August 17, 2011 at 11:14 am

    the Hextall arrow will always be the best. it was cool, simple and meaningful. that’s what he should be paying tribute to. can’t believe no Flyer’s goalie has referenced that since. all this airbrushed bullshit looks like confusing ass no matter what it is.

  • mm August 17, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Thank God Kyles not the flyers goaltender. His mask would have richards and carter’s cock and balls all over it.

  • @jzacckey36 August 17, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Your all arguing over a fucking goalie mask that none of you are going to be wearing. I bet if he wins us a cup you’ll all love it though.

  • Iron Balls McGinty August 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

    If the googles translater is currect:
    It’s the Глаз тигра that’s sorta disturbing. That, and a tiger just ain’t scarey if it ain’t shown baring its teeth or claws. Plus, it lacks that “fearful symmetry” http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/91/The_Tyger_BM_a_1794.jpg hahahahahah
    I thought the whole tiger thing got rittarded even before Sheen when we all saw this http://i3.squidoocdn.com/resize/squidoo_images/-1/draft_lens7750911module65254491photo_1256620172jon_gosselin_with_ed_hardy_shirt.jpg for the first time
    Lastly, maybe he should get the guy who drew this http://mobilwi.typepad.com/.a/6a0120a6dde087970b0153909416bd970b-pi to do his helmet instead. That’ll put the fear into those f*cking bears, penguins, and buffalows (and perhaps even panthers hahahahahah).

  • frstrm33 August 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    big fan of beezers mask. that was cool… until the league made him take the silver one off because it was hindering shooters’ eyesight.

  • Mneborak August 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Looks fine to me.

  • Chris August 18, 2011 at 8:50 am

    i support a bryzgalov excellence unicorn mask as well, i’d paint it myself and give it to him but i don’t think finger paint and crayons would hold up over the course of 82 games, plus those shitty mylec roller hockey helmets they sell at modell’s are the only things in my budget, and i’m guessing he’d be reluctant to wear those too. so tigers it is.

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