Canucks reveal Holtby's new mask designed with Coast Salish artist

Vancouver Canucks goalie Braden Holtby skates during the NHL hockey team's training camp in Vancouver, on Jan. 4, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

The Vancouver Canucks have revealed goalie Braden Holtby's new mask, which was designed in collaboration between Coast Salish artist, Luke Marston, and mask artist David Gunnarsson.

The Canucks say the mask was inspired by the legend of orcas and wolves transforming in packs to hunt on land and in the ocean.

Holtby had previously come under fire after Gunnarsson shared images of a mask that featured the Indigenous Thunderbird and the phrase, "Thunderbird, The Northwest Coast Indigenous Myth," but was not created by or in collaboration with an Indigenous artist.

Holtby and Gunnarsson both apologized for the incident.

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