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Tyler Bunz 2014-15 Mask by David Arrigo (Photo: Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Tyler Bunz 2014-15 Mask by David Arrigo (Photo: Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Tyler Bunz: 2014-15

Tyler Bunz’s new 2014-15 mask is absolutely delightful! David Arrigo’s clean design once again includes the Edmonton Oilers and OKC Barons “Oil Drop” logos but this time there are some wonderful and unique elements added to the mask, making this mask far more personal for Bunz than any of his prior Oilers’ masks.

After having seen Bunz’s masks now for several seasons, the first thing that jumps out is that there is no longer the traditional “BUNZ” spelled out along the chin. When asked about it, Bunz simply said he wanted a change — and this change has worked out very well indeed.

Instead of the primary design emphasis upon team history, or team logos as in the past, Bunz and Arrigo opted for a bit of whimsy — goalie skull dolls on each side with twining roses and thorns along the top and chin cleverly tied into smaller Edmonton Oilers and OKC Barons logo elements. When asked about the rose design, Bunz explained the rose and thorn design referred to the rose tattoo on his right arm

Tyler Bunz's Rose tattoo (Photo from Instagram)

Tyler Bunz’s Rose tattoo (Photo from Instagram)

Front: The OKC Barons Oil Drop logo appears on the chin intertwined with Roses and Thorns which cover the top of the mask as well, in steel blues and orange-pinks.

Tyler Bunz Mask Front (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Tyler Bunz Mask Front (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Left & Right Sides: A chrome grill fronted skull doll covers each side, with one “eye” an Oilers Oil Drop “button.” Above each skull doll is a band of darker blue with a scene of oil derricks.

Tyler Bunz mask, left side (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Tyler Bunz mask, left side (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Tyler Bunz Mask Right side detail (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Tyler Bunz Mask Right side detail (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Top Detail: Intertwined thorns and roses and oil derrick.

Tyler Bunz mask - Rose and Thorns on right top (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Tyler Bunz mask – Rose and Thorns on right top (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Chin: OKC Oil Drop logo — and keeping with the Skull Doll theme, the logo seems to be “stitched” to the mask.

Tyler Bunz Mask Chin (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Tyler Bunz Mask Chin (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Back plate: Bunz’s back plate is once again a touching tribute to his friends, teammate and family: on the right — Mitch Tanner (1992-2008), Kristians Pelss (1992-2013) and his aunt Doris Bunz (1960-2013), with a darker blue cross beneath.

Tyler Bunz Mask Back plate (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Tyler Bunz Mask Back plate (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

 

On the left is a quote based on an old Irish Blessing (and quoted by George Jung in the movie Blow), over a darker blue cross:

May the wind always be at your back
and the sun always upon your face.
And may the wings of destiny carry you
aloft to dance with the stars.

Tyler Bunz Mask Back plate (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Tyler Bunz Mask Back plate (Photo Patricia Teter, All Rights Reserved)

Tyler Bunz’s 2014-15 Mask Photos (Click to enlarge photos):

Link to other OKC Barons Interviews and Goaltender Mask Articles.

 

 

 

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