Thatcher Demko is keeping it classy in Utica this season.
The Canucks goaltending prospect is in his first pro season with the Comets, and has recently unveiled a brand new mask.
The front of Demko’s mask is fairly simple, with the Canucks orca featured prominently, on a green background.
The back of Demko’s mask is where it gets interesting. Featured most prominently on the mask’s back plate is Ron Burgundy, the legendary fictional San Diego news anchor.
For Demko, a San Diego native with a sense of humour, the paint job made sense.
“It’s a tribute to San Diego”, Demko told the Comets official website. “I’m from San Diego. [Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy] is my favourite movie. I wanted to honour the Channel 4 News team.”
The Boston College alum also pays tribute to his alma mater, as well as his late friend Ian Jenkins, on the back plate.
This isn’t the first time that Demko has had some fun with his mask. Back in September, he unveiled a mask that featured the Trailer Park Boys.
— Thatcher Demko (@tdemko30) September 27, 2016
Demko, along with his goaltender partner in Utica Richard Bachman, worked with Swedish goalie mask artist Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt Studios for their new designs.
Demko has an 8-8-0 record with a talent-starved Comets team this season, with a 2.95 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. He’s coming off a 36-save performance on Saturday, helping Utica to a 3-2 overtime win over Hershey.