A WELL WORN TRIBUTE
They honored the Spectrum. They honored their former captains. Word is, they're going to honor the Stanley Cup-winning teams of the '70s - again.
But now it's more personal, as Flyers goalie Marty Biron plans to honor Bernie Parent all season long.
Biron has a new mask that he will unveil early in the season. It plays tricks on the eye because of it's well made art work, but it's being done as an honorarium to the greatest Flyers goalie ever.
Biron's mask is painted like the old Parent mask, which was the inspiration for the mask worn by Jason Voorhees in the slasher film series Friday the 13th.
And, when you look at it from a distance, that's what Biron's mask looks like - The white mask with holes all around to breath, and a simple Flyers logo on the forehead, just like Bernie.
But, a closer look shows a much more intricate design.
For the mask is so well-done artistically, that there are smaller versions of the Bernie mask drawn into the big picture.
It's like that optical illusion with the hourglass and two faces. Or the arrow in the Fed Ex logo (Haven't seen that one yet? Look for it. Once you find it, you'll never miss it again... promise).
"It's a simple mask," said Biron. "The other one had a lot of different details. This is simple. Shades of the old mask and the Flyers logo and that's it. That's what makes it fun."
Biron said he thought about doing it last season, but passed.
"I chickened out at the last minute," he said. "I didn't know if it was going to look good or not. The painter was really mad at me. When I told him we were going to do a new mask this year, he asked if we were going to do the Bernie paint job. I felt bad and said 'I guess so.' But it looks good."
Biron said he wasn't sure when the new mask would debut, because he has to get used to it since it is structurally different than what he's been using for the past few years, but he said it won't be long.
One late note... The Flyers released Maxime Ouellet late Tuesday.