Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Story Behind the Mask

Since coming to Moose Jaw via the Everett Silvertips, Luke Siemens has stood out, not only for his stellar play on the ice, but with his green and white pads and helmet from his days in the Western Conference.

Well not any more, Siemens debuted new white and sliver pads last month and at the end of the month in Prince Albert showed off his new mask.

Siemens helped design the helmet and said he wanted it to be similar to the one Tim Thomas sported on the Boston Bruins run to the Stanley Cup last season.

“No colour in it, but black, white and silver,” described Siemens. “I like that idea of going no colour and thought it would go well with my pads. I got a little crest onWarriors-Siemens-Mask4 the top for (the Snowbirds Air Demonstration Team) and then the Warriors logo and some planes on the side and the name on the chin is Iceman, from Top Gun, everyone knows Ice Man.

“I was just looking around for neat things to do in Moose Jaw. Lots of goalies just get team logos and keep it pretty simple, but I wanted to look for something special and being a big Air Force base here, I thought it would be a good idea to dedicate something to them.”

Siemens says he had hoped to have the helmet ready in time for the Remembrance Game against the Regina Pats, when a lot of the service members would be in attendance, but hoped they could come out to a game and see the tribute now that it's finished.

The Warriors netminder added a more personal tribute to the back of the helmet, “Got some things for my dad on the back, his initials and a quote, and a little dedicated thing to my goalie coach back home Jordan Sigalet, who has MS.”

Siemens says he hopes the addition of the Sigalet’s logo will help to raise awareness and lead to possibly raising funds later in the season.

The 19-year-old from Delta, BC has been a steady force for the Warriors since being traded from the Silvertips on October 6th, going 17-6-3-1 with two shutouts. He sits fifth in goals-against-average at 2.49 and seventh in save percentage at .913.

Siemens did suffered his first loss in the new mask on Friday though, when the Regina Pats came back for a 3-2 overtime win.

The Warriors play their final two games before the Christmas break starting on Friday in Saskatoon. The tribe returns home to face off with the BC Division leading Kamloops Blazers on Saturday.

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