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 NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.