Former Vipers goalie Hammond attracting attention with mask design
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - Submitted by BCHL Media
Andrew Hammond caught the eye of the Ottawa Senators for his work in net at Bowling Green State University and they signed him to a pro contract in 2013.
Nowadays, he has the attention of the hockey world for some creative work he had done on his goalie mask for the coming season.
Hammond contracted artist and goalie mask painter Jason Bartziokas to sketch up a unique design that incorporates lightfingered and hungry former McDonald's character Hamburglar and MAD Magazine icon Alfred E. Neuman. The cartoon is on the right side of the mask and features the character in goalie gear about to snare a flying puck.
The other side depicts the Ottawa Senators logo and the word 'Hammy' is painted on the chin piece. It is drawing a lot of feedback via Bartziokas' Instagram account
Hockey blogger Greg Wyshynski, of Puck Daddy fame, picked up on the mask design and featured it in a recent post:
Goalie masks have become something of a fashion statement in hockey and something goalies are free to express themselves with, unlike the forwards and defencemen. Wyshynski obviously likes Hammond and Bartziokas' collaboration.
Hammond played for West Kelowna, Surrey and Vernon in the BCHL but made his mark with the latter. He went 27-12-1 his final season, backstopping the Vipers to their first of back-to-back RBC Cup national championships.
The White Rock, B.C. native made his NHL debut last season, playing 35 flawless minutes of relief making 11 saves on Feb. 27 against the Detroit Red Wings.
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