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Anderson's new mask pays tribute to Sens heritage

Ottawa goaltender to debut retro look during Wednesday game against Bruins

Tuesday, 13.12.2011 / 8:13 AM / Features
By Rob Brodie  -
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Anderson\'s new mask pays tribute to Sens heritage
Goaltender Craig Anderson's new mask pays tribute to Clint Benedict, who backstopped the original Senators to three Stanley Cup crowns in the 1920s (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC).

Craig Anderson admits he's no hockey historian.

But Ottawa Senators goaltender's new mask definitely offers up a blast from the past.

When the Senators face off against the Boston Bruins on Wednedsay night at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., TSN, Team 1200), the heritage jersey worn by Anderson will be topped off by a mask that pays tribute to Clint Benedict, a Hockey Hall of Fame netminder who backstopped the original Senators to three Stanley Cups in the 1920s.

Also of note: In 1930, while with the Montreal Maroons, Benedict became the first goaltender to don facial protection when he wore a protective mask over a nose broken two weeks earlier by shot by Montreal Canadiens legend Howie Morenz.

After the Senators approached Anderson about the heritage look, he did a little bit of reading about Benedict, then passed the details along to John Pepe, the Michigan-based artist who's been doing paint work for his masks for the last decade or so.

"We wanted to do something heritage," said Anderson, who unveiled his new look Monday on his Facebook page. "The jersey is a tribute back to the early 1900s and we wanted to go the same route (with the mask) ... bring some of the heritage theme and add in a touch of one of original goaltenders.

"I passed it along to (Pepe) and he ran with it. He’s the artist. I just give him the canvas and let him go. For the most part, I keep him open minded and let him do what he wants. It keeps him happy."

The mask also features the Senators' 20th anniversary logo on chin, with a heritage ‘O’ on left side. On the back, you'll find a Corvette racing logo, the initials of Anderson's new son, Jake, along with the goaltender's number and nickname, Andy. He only plans to wear the mask on nights when the Senators wear their heritage jerseys.

For most goaltenders, masks offer an opportunity to express their personality. Anderson says he's no different in that regard, and usually combines a mix of team and personal taste.

"I try to keep it 50-50," said Anderson, a native of Park Ridge, Ill., who spends his off-seasons in Florida. "One side is team oriented, the other side what sets me apart. It's one of the few positions where you can express yourself and express who you are. I use that to express my nationality.

"The Corvette is America’s sports car. As opposed to putting a big American flag on the side, that’s my way of showing a tribute to what I like doing. I like playing with cars in the off-season and being an American."




1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
4 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
5 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
6 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
7 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
8 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31


B. Ryan 44 13 22 5 35
E. Karlsson 47 11 22 -8 33
K. Turris 47 9 21 -9 30
M. Stone 45 11 15 8 26
M. Hoffman 44 16 9 17 25
C. MacArthur 46 13 12 -9 25
M. Zibanejad 45 12 12 -1 24
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 44 8 10 -8 18
M. Michalek 43 6 9 -7 15
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 8 2 .900 3.21