My favorite thing about the 2021 Rookie Faceoff Tournament? It’s gotta be prospect Zachary Emond’s mask, a tribute to one of the first San Jose Sharks goalie masks.
Emond, Gaudreau making saves pic.twitter.com/v9BlsC1hRD
— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) September 17, 2021
Brian Hayward — currently the Ducks’ color commentator — played for the Sharks during their expansion season.
We caught up with Zach Emond at #SharksDevCamp to learn more about the inspiration behind his new goalie mask.
"It's also a tribute to [Brian] Hayward's mask from the past – I wanted a modern look to it." pic.twitter.com/pu75rHWqGq
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) August 18, 2021
Zachary Emond is clearly well-versed in his goalie history.
“Coming in with the Sharks, I wanted to keep that same idea of having a head on it. I went for a Shark head and I remembered Hayward’s mask.”
Per mask artist sylabrush, it appears that Emond is now updating his rookie tourney set-up:
It looks like they added some water underneath the Sharks’ head — I like it, but I loved the cleaner, more direct Hayward tribute.
At San Jose Hockey Now…
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What must Ryan Merkley improve defensively? Exclusive stats from SPORTLOGiQ tell us.
Also, Roy Sommer has high praise for William Eklund and which Sharks prospect ruled at TopGolf?
With San Jose Sharks training camp set to open up tomorrow, we see which players are trending up or down:
What have the Locked On Sharks guys learned from this weekend’s Sharks’ Rookie Faceoff games?
In other San Jose Sharks news…
Corey Pronman liked Danil Gushchin and Ozzy Wiesblatt this weekend. (The Athletic)
Been really impressed with Ozzy Wiesblatt (SJS) in today’s early game. Has a couple of goals and has been around the puck a lot. Playing a skilled game with some pace and tenacity. Playing his game much more comfortably today.
— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) September 20, 2021
Around the NHL…
Zac Rinaldo not welcome at Blue Jackets training camp because he refuses to get vaccinated. (Daily Mail)
Jonathan Drouin is easy to root for in his comeback from anxiety, insomnia. (Sportsnet)
Takeaways from the Colorado Avalanche 7-4 rookie tourney win over the Sharks:
Three takeaways from the Vegas Golden Knights prospects’ loss to San Jose:
Not a well-kept secret. Most of you saw this was coming for weeks (months?), but it is still cool that it has happened.
IMHO, the Kachina logo is is one of the best in all of pro sports. https://t.co/UGcZMaBLJn
— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) September 20, 2021
Wade Allison and Kevin Hayes to miss the start of the season for the Philadelphia Flyers:
All Boston Bruins players and staff are fully vaccinated:
Seattle TV Man John Forslund talks Kraken–Vancouver Canucks rivalry in a VHN exclusive:
Here’s the trailer for the first hockey anime “Puraore! Pride of Orange”:
The Detroit Red Wings sign Bobby Ryan to PTO:
Dave Scatchard recalls Zdeno Chara’s wild shot in Chara’s early New York Islanders years:
Who’s standing out at Pittsburgh Penguins‘ rookie camp?
Jaromir Jagr is still scoring goals for Kladno. (Yahoo! Sports)
The Florida Panthers are changing the name of their home arena:
The Washington Capitals released their 2021-22 promotional schedule, which features Tom Wilson bobbleheads:
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