Gotta See It: Jonathan Bernier’s new Avalanche mask

Jonathan Bernier, right. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Same goalie, new mask.

Jonathan Bernier signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche in July, after the team lost Calvin Pickard to Vegas.

The 29-year-old enlisted the help of David Gunnarsson to design his newest mask, which features Bernier’s familiar lion on top of the bucket.

Gunnarsson uploaded a photo of the mask to Instagram on Wednesday.

It is with a great joy we present the new Colorado mask painting for my friend Jonathan Bernier. Jonathan and I have been working together for more than a decade I am always so exited to paint a new lion design for Jonathan. Thank you Jonathan for your trust in my paintings, I am so happy and thankful to be your painting wingman. Jonathan’s new mask is a true Storyteller mask with the lion in focus and the mask story continues all over the creation. And the closer you come the deeper into the story you come. And as the true Avalanche painting it is, it is loaded with action, and for sure all the DaveArt Trademark Super FX is unleashed all over the Rocky Mountains. @jobernier45 @coloradoavalanche #DaveArt #nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity @nhl #DaveArtTheMaskNerd

1,436 Likes, 12 Comments – David Gunnarsson (@davidofdaveart) on Instagram: “It is with a great joy we present the new Colorado mask painting for my friend Jonathan Bernier….”

“The closer you come the deeper into the story you come,” reads part of the Instagram caption.

The Avalanche are coming off a horrifically awful 2016-17 season, though fans can look forward to an improved team this year, if only because there’s nowhere to go but up.

But no matter how Colorado fares in 2017-18, Bernier – who had a steady .915 save percentage in 39 appearances with the Anaheim Ducks last season – can rest easy knowing he’ll be protecting his head in style.

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