The Flyers Repainted Yoda on Ilya Bryzgalov's Star Wars Themed Mask at Lucasfilm's Request

The Flyers Repainted Yoda on Ilya Bryzgalov's Star Wars Themed Mask at Lucasfilm's Request

The buzz last week around Ilya Bryzgalov's new Star Wars themed goalie mask was so huge that it resulted in someone from Lucasfilm Ltd. reaching out to the Flyers to have the color scheme corrected.

As a refresher, the Flyers posted images of the new mask featuring the legendary characters of Yoda, Darth Vader, and R2D2 on Tuesday, February 26. Flyers fans loved the new space look which seemed fitting to Bryz and his penchant for all things universe related.

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The artist who painted the mask, Franny Drummond (, told us the reason there were only a few Star Wars characters on the mask was "because Bryz wanted a lot of space."

When Bryz wants space, you give Bryz space.

But the Star Wars fans out there were a bit unhappy that Yoda was seemingly rocking a red light saber, traditionally a symbol of the Sith Lords. I wrote on Tuesday: "Which either means Ilya Bryzgalov has some crazy ideas up in his brain of turning good to evil, or it's just a simple oversight by Bryz or his painter. You never know with that guy."

Turns out, there was absolutely no intentions of turning Yoda or Bryz to the Dark Side.

"We didn't realize we'd be offending anyone," Drummond told me this morning. "Yoda's Lightsaber was actually an orange-ish color before we changed it. We were going for a hint of the Flyers' colors in Yoda as well. There were no bad intentions. It was just a matching thing."

Alas, the anger is strong in young Star Wars fans when you mess with a Jedi Master. And apparently those at Lucasfilm Ltd. as well.

Bryz wore the orange-tinted Yoda mask on Wednesday night against the Capitals (photo below) and played fantastic in a 4-1 Flyers victory. So when they tried to take his mask away from him, Bryz wasn't thrilled. He wanted to bring it home with him.

Someone from Lucasfilm Ltd. got in touch with the Head Equipment Manager of the Flyers and asked that the colors be changed to match the original look of Yoda in the Star Wars movies. Drummond told us that unless the changes were made, Bryzgalov might not be able to wear the mask going forward.

So Drummond found some matching paint and went to work following the Flyers win over the Capitals to give Yoda the proper green color Lightsaber and a more accurate spray tan.

The new look was ready for Saturday's matinee with the Ottawa Senators (photo below). The force was strong in Bryz yet again, holding the evil Senators to a lone goal en route to a 2-1 Flyers victory.

"The new color really pops. You can see it all the way up in the balconies," Drummond said.

"The Star Wars fans won."

And so did Bryz and the Flyers.


Here are three close ups of the artwork, courtesy of Franny Drummond (

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.

Wade nailed a 3 from the corner in the final minute to make it a five-point game. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a winning start after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points. Avery Bradley had 16, and Jae Crowder 14 points, but the Celtics came up short after opening with a win over Brooklyn the previous night.

The Bulls remade their roster in the offseason, jettisoning one hometown superstar and welcoming another when they traded Derrick Rose to New York and signed Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 million in a move that stunned Miami.

The three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star is off to a good start with the Bulls after 13 seasons with the Heat.

Wade hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in this game after making just seven all of last season (see full recap).

New-look Hawks roll past Wizards
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard dominated the boards in his Atlanta debut, Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. ignited the new-look Hawks to a 114-99 victory over the Washington Wizards in their season opener Thursday night.

Howard grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with 11 points, just what the Hawks expected from their new center, and it certainly wasn't unusual for three-time All-Star Millsap to lead the way in scoring.

But Hardaway's performance was totally unexpected given the way he struggled in his first season with the Hawks, when he was largely confined to the bench and even forced to spend time in the D-League.

He scored 21 points, matching his high in an Atlanta uniform, and broke open a close game with back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth. The Hawks, who led only 81-80 heading to the final period, outscored the Wizards 33-19 over the final 12 minutes (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Canadiens rally past Lightning for 6th straight win

Best of NHL: Canadiens rally past Lightning for 6th straight win

MONTREAL -- Max Pacioretty scored the tiebreaking goal in Montreal's three-goal third period as the Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Thursday night for their sixth straight win.

Alex Galchenyuk and Torrey Mitchell also scored to help Montreal improve to 7-0-1. Carey Price made 29 saves to win for the fourth time in four starts this season.

Alex Killorn scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who lost against an Eastern-Conference opponent for the first time this season. Ben Bishop stopped 23 shots.

With the scored tied 1-1, Pacioretty got the go-ahead goal at 10:23 by beating Bishop glove-side. Blown coverage by the Lightning left the Canadiens' captain all alone on the edge of the face-off circle, and Bishop couldn't see the shot with Andrew Shaw posted firmly in front of goal.

Montreal remains the only NHL team still undefeated in regulation (see full recap).

Crosby's late goal gives Penguins win over Islanders
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Patric Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel also scored -- each getting his third of the season -- to help the Penguins win for the third time in four games and improve to 5-0-1 at home.

Crosby, playing for the second straight game after missing the first six with a concussion, scored with 2:25 left as he caught a pass from Scott Wilson at the top of the crease and quickly turned to his forehand to put the puck behind Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Kessel added a power-play goal to cap the scoring 32 seconds later.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots while starting for the eighth straight game.

Travis Hamonic and Shane Prince scored for the Islanders, and Halak finished with 31 saves (see full recap).

Streaking Red Wings win marathon shootout vs. Blues
ST. LOUIS -- Henrik Zetterberg scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Zetterberg's goal gave the Red Wings a six-game winning streak.

In the shootout, St. Louis' first shooter, Alexander Steen, scored but then Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk, David Perron, Nail Yakupoc, Robby Fabbri, Patrick Burgland and Dmitrjij Jaskin all came up short.

Gustav Nyquist scored on Detroit's second attempt but Frans Nielsen, Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheehan and Darren Helm all missed.

St. Louis had the better chances in overtime. Center Jaden Schwartz missed a wide-open net early in the extra session. Jori Lehtera was stopped on a breakaway midway through the period by Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek (see full recap).