Connor McDavid showed off a pair of hand-painted skates that he received as a gift from hockey equipment manufacturer CCM, Friday. The skates were painted by an artist from Quebec.
The Edmonton Oilers’ superstar opted not to wear the skates at the All-Star Skills Competition as he tried to defend his title in the Fastest Skater Event.
“Thanks for the #NHLAllStar gift @CCMHockey!” McDavid wrote on Instagram. “Going to keep these pieces of art for myself. Ready to go #ALLOUT with my usual set of CCM wheels!”
The artist, Hugo Mudie, posted several detailed shots of the skates on his Facebook page.
The right tongue of the skates feature logos for the other Canadian sports teams including the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Blue Jays. The left tongue has 97 and the Friends logo painted. St. Louis’s 2020 All-Star Game logo is painted on the left toe while the Edmonton Oiler’s is painted on the other.
The heels and Achilles guards are especially intricate and feature a skull logo and the Oilers’ logo repeated. There are also several ornamental designs painted to bring everything together.
Finally, the sides feature different handpainted versions of Connor’s last name in beautiful typography.
“Dream collaboration with CCM to make works of art with the skates of Connor Mcdavid,” Hugo Mudie said. “The little kid who draws hockey players in his room has gotten a good buzz. What a life.”
The full gallery can be seen here.
CCM posted several other detailed shots on their Instagram page.
Alex Ovechkin was one of the first players to start to trend, wearing hand-painted skates during warmups of a March 23, 2017 game for Russian Heritage Night. Unlike McDavid, Ovechkin wanted to wear them during the official event.
“Obviously I want to play with them, but the league said no,” Ovechkin said. “I think they’re sick. They’re pretty cool. It’s something new. Nobody done it before. It’s nice to be first guy.”
Headline photo: Connor McDavid/Hugo Mudie
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.