Unfortunately this is not the mask either Ray Emery or Steve Mason will be wearing for the Flyers this year, but it’s very cool nonetheless. Instead it belongs to Aaron Slagman, who tests hockey equipment for InGoal Magazine, and apparently dabbles a bit between the pipes himself.
The mask uses the Flyers logo and color scheme, and references the Broad Street Bullies while featuring the likenesses of Ron Hextall, Bernie Parent, Bobby Clarke, and Dave Schultz. There is also an arrow on top like the one that appeared on some of Hextall's masks, while Parent’s retired No. 1 is also adorned on the front -- although that is also Slagman’s jersey number.
If there was one bone to pick with the design, it’s that Hextall obviously didn’t play during the same era as the rest of the guys, but this seems nit-picky. Who said it had to? Here are a couple shots of the mask, be sure to visit InGoal’s site for the rest.
>> Flyers Bullies Mask has Parent, Hextall + more [InGoal]
The Sixers' meeting on Thursday to address the national anthem situation on opening night was led by VP of Content and Integrated Marketing Jason Wiley, John Gonzalez reported.
Wiley and team executives decided not to have Sevyn Streeter perform the national anthem because she wore a "We Matter" shirt, according to the report. The team had concerns Streeter would have further protests.
A member of the Sixers' dance team performed in her place.
Wiley helped book Streeter, according to the report, and had previously worked for Bad Boy Records and had music industry contacts.
CBS3 reported Thursday that Streeter had signed a contract that barred her from making a political statement during the performance (see story).
The Sixers discussed the incident and are considering options on how to address it (see story).
“I think the team, not only do we want to speak up on the matter that happened yesterday, but I feel like we’re now starting to push, like it’s not just about saying something, it’s about making a difference,” Nik Stauskas said. “It’s about going out there and doing something. So we don’t really know what we’re going to do yet, but I know a lot of guys on this team are eager to go out there and make a difference one way or another.”