Colorado Avalanche: Ranking the Best Goalie Masks in Avalanche History

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Craig Anderson’s Mask During 2009-2010 Season

The mask pictured above is the mask that Anderson wore during the 2009-2010 season with the Colorado Avalanche.

Like a lot of the goaltenders who played for the Avs, he features a yeti on his mask. Everyone knows that yetis are the beasts who cause Avalanches, so it’s pretty fitting.

On both sides, the yeti’s fists are protruding through some blank burgundy background, around a car of some sort, witness:

And, the other side:

The yeti featured also has some archaic mask on himself, the last image:

It’s the gold thing above the yeti’s head. My apologies for the shoddy picture, it’s difficult to find the perfect pictures for this slide show.

Overall, this mask is extremely creative, and features some nice nods to various aspects of the Colorado Avalanche.

However, it’s the next mask on this list that solidifies Anderson’s ranking as the third worst goaltender — mask-wise — on this list.

Craig Anderson’s Mask During 2010-2011 Season

This side of the mask is the problem. Some may like the stream-lined representation of colors and team name, and the gigantic Avs logo, but he could do better. Especially considering he did better on the other side of this mask.


Again with the cars, and if you look carefully you can see that the yeti at the top is somehow controlling the manual stick-shift of the car with eyes bugging out.

This side of the mask is drastically different than the other side, and neither side jives well with the other. Perhaps that’s the problem with this one, just an extreme case of asymmetric-maskular-disfunction, which is a real thing by the way.

Like I said, at this point it’s difficult to rank the masks appropriately because they all have their redeeming qualities, I’m just doing the best I can with the cards I was dealt.

Let’s move on to the next goalie on this list.