In a sport of rigid uniform and equipment rules, goalie masks stand out for their creativity and insight into their owner’s personality.
For Caps’ star goaltending prospect Ilya Samsonov, that means a detailed look into his love of gaming. Over the weekend, Metallurg Magnitogorsk released photos of Samsonov’s new bucket.
This season, the 19-year-old Gagarin Cup champion will be wearing a mask dedicated to the video game series God of War.
Both sides feature illustrations of Kratos, a video game character from the series, which is loosely based on Greek mythology.
More from Wikipedia:
In the series, Kratos embarks on a series of often forced adventures in attempts to avert disaster or to change his fate. He is usually portrayed as being oblivious to all else, often engaging in morally ambiguous activities and performing acts of extreme violence. He is a Spartan warrior who becomes the “Ghost of Sparta” after accidentally killing his family on behalf of Ares’ trickery. He becomes the God of War after killing Ares, and is eventually revealed to be a demigod and the son of Zeus, who betrays Kratos. Each adventure forms part of a saga with vengeance as a central theme, providing additional information about Kratos’ origins and his relationships with his family and the gods.
Here’s a gameplay trailer from the latest game.
Last season, Samsonov wore a mask inspired by Assassin’s Creed, which he retired after this summer’s edition of Caps Development Camp.
Ilya, you’re such a gamer nerd.
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