The 2017/2018 college hockey season is almost upon us, and masks are starting to drop like flies.
This list is ordered not from first to last, but rather whenever the article is updated. If you know of a college goalie mask paintjob (either mens or womens) that you think needs to be on this list, get a hold of us. The best contact method is still Instagram.
Here are some of (what we think) are the best college hockey goalie masks in 2017 / 2018.
Penn State Nittany Lions, Chris Funkey
The winter toque is a classic goalie mask paintjob, one that I absolutely love. However, what do you paint below the winter cap?
Head Strong Grafx, the painter behind this mask, absolutely nailed the portion under the winter toque. When the paint gets wet, it completely transforms to a chilly winter day.
2. Minnesota State Mankato, Connor Lacouvee
Believe it or not, this was one of the first Division 1 (official D1) masks painted by the guys @grangrothgraphics. A classic college goalie mask that is exploding with school spirit, this is one of those mask paintjobs that makes total sense from a distance. It’s painted in such a way that it would go with any setup Connor choses to go with, whether it be white, white /purple, or all purple. Within striking distance, this mask is incredibly detailed, offering a ton of highlight work. It’s not easy to paint a mask with that much detail, it’s something we see quite often in a DaveArt mask and I am a big fan of the work here.
The Connor McGregor quote on the back is A+. Lacouvee transfered to MSU from Boston University, where the only goaltender taken in the first round, Jake Oettinger is currently playing.
*editors note: the Grangroth Graphics painters are an under 25 painting team out of Delano, Minnesota. For a mask paint job you can afford, but with professional level quality, check them out. This is an unsolicited comment from us, however with the quality of their work time and time again we feel compelled to mention this.
3. Boston College, Joseph Woll
Joseph Woll wears a mask at Boston College that pays homage to NHL great Ed Belfour. Overall, Woll is pretty good at gear. Check out his 2018 World Junior Setup.
4. Merrimack College, Craig Pantano
The “best goalie mask paintjob” is clearly a subjective opinion. With that being said, in my opinion, this is one of my top college masks for the 2017 / 2018 season. A dark facemask is something that is not often used in mask paintjobs and it helps this dark / white mask transition it’s color zones perfectly. Painted by Derrick Gilders.
5. St. Cloud State Huskies, Jeff Smith & David Hrenak
The first mask listed here is worn by Jeff Smith and if I had to choose, my favorite of the two. Both SCSU masks are painted by the above mentioned artist, Gilders Design.
And Hrenak’s mask.