Goaltenders are truly among the most unique athletes in sports, as they get to showcase their personalities in specially personalized artwork on their masks.
For newly acquired Detroit Red Wings goaltender Ville Husso, he'll be debuting a brand new paint job for his lid this season. And Red Wings fans will instantly recognize it as a tribute to one of the greatest masks in team history, and will certainly be hoping for a repeat performance by the original inspiration.
Husso revealed his new look on Instagram earlier today, and it's a replica of the artwork donned by 1997 Conn Smythe Trophy-winning net minder Mike Vernon, who helped lead Detroit to their first Stanley Cup championship in 42 years:
A better look at both angles:
Husso was acquired by Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman earlier this offseason, and he'll be teaming up with Alex Nedeljkovic, whom Yzerman acquired in a similar lopsided deal last offseason from Carolina.