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Tim Thomas’s ‘Mage’ places Tony Priolo, Sportmask in spotlight

As a hockey equipment nerd, I know that Tim Thomas wears something its creator, Sportmask’s Tony Priolo, calls a “Mage”—a hybrid of a “helmet-cage” mask and a conventional goalie mask—and as Priolo’s always done a fantastic job of making top-quality goalie masks, I think that it’s very cool to see the Thomas’s “Mage” and Don Beaupre-inspired cage receive spotlighting via a Conn Smythe Trophy-winner’s endorsement. The Toronto Star’s Dan Robinson spoke to Priolo about Thomas’s mask, and it’s a good read:

Adecade ago Thomas, then relatively unknown, walked into Tony Priolo’s custom goalie mask shop in Oakville. The burly minor-league netminder wanted a new mask that would give him better vision than the sleek design that most goalies wear.

“He asked me about a whole bunch of crazy stuff,” Priolo recalled on Tuesday. “He wanted some crazy ideas. So I said, well, I definitely can do it.”

Thomas, as you may know, is anything but typical. The 37-year-old has flopped and flailed his way into NHL lore. In Thomas’s run to a likely Conn Smythe trophy, his play has shown similarities to a legendary goalie of equally criticized aggressiveness — Dominik Hasek. It’s a deeply rooted connection. When Thomas came knocking at Priolo’s door in 2002, he asked specifically to design a cage similar to that of the ever-unique Czech.

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I have been wanting a sportmask for a couple of years.  I have a large head, and have trouble fitting in a traditional goalie mask.  I even tried a cooper helmet/mask combo, but the mask doesn’t properly cover my chin.

Posted by wingsnut25 from Cheboygan, MI on 06/15/11 at 02:09 PM ET

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Tony Priolo , the owner of Sportmask plays drums! ( and very well) . Search for ” taurusdrummer ” on utube.
<object width=“640” height=“510”><param name=“movie” value=“http://www.youtube.com/v/skevelcHaM0?version=3&hl=en_US”></param></param></param><embed src=“http://www.youtube.com/v/skevelcHaM0?versi type=“application/x-shockwave-flash” width=“640” height=“510” allowscriptaccess=“always” allowfullscreen=“true”></embed></object>

Posted by rp on 06/18/11 at 10:19 AM ET

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