Islanders: First Look At Ilya Sorokin’s Mask

Ilya Sorokin #90 of the CSKA (Photo by Anna Sergeeva/ Getty Images)
Ilya Sorokin #90 of the CSKA (Photo by Anna Sergeeva/ Getty Images) /

We got our first look at Ilya Sorokin’s mask that he’ll wear as a New York Islanders goalie. It looks fantastic.

This past week we saw Ilya Sorokin take the ice for the New York Islanders for the first time. Granted, it was only practice, but still an exciting moment for Islanders fans who have been waiting for this kid for half a decade.

Now, during his stint on the ice we got a small glimpse of the mask he is going to wear for the Islanders next year. While we had a nice little tease at that point, yesterday we got a look at the thing up close.

Take a look for yourself:

Shield your eyes if you hate the Fisherman! On his helmet, made by Dave Gunnarsson (@DaveArt on IG) it dons the Fisherman head on both sides of the mask. According to Dave, Sorokin wanted the Fisherman design (that features the original Islanders crests in the hat) to represent the Island.

On the top, you see the lighthouse from that design and the waves going across on either side. His number, 30, will be on the bottom of the mask which again is ironic and laugh out loud funny that he is wearing Garth Snow’s number.

This mask really pops, the design is absolutely beautiful and it almost looks like it’s sparkling off the helmet with white accents to the logos.

Sorokin isn’t the only one who has the fisherman logo on his helmet. Look no further than Thomas Greiss who has used it each of the last two years with his helmet designs.

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While I would be surprised if the Islanders decided to bring the fisherman logo back, I am a fan of the players accepting and repurposing the logo for a new era of Islanders hockey. Hat tip to Ilya Sorokin and Dave Gunnarson on this one, they hit it out of the park.