Creating a Monarch

Last summer, the Vancouver Canucks asked their fans to help design the mask for backup netminder Curtis Sanford. A few months ago, the folks in Minnesota topped that by asking Wild fans to create the mask of starting goaltender Niklas Bakstrom. Now the Manchester Monarchs are getting in on the fun. Yesterday, they announced their own ‘design a mask’ contest for Jeff Zatkoff.

They’ve also raised the ante by adding a second component – raffling off the mask at the end of the season. Details of the entire contest are available here.

Zatkoff is the heir apparent in Manchester after backing up AHL Goaltender of the Year, Jonathan Bernier, last season. As the Monarchs second netminder, he compiled a 10-9-3 record in 22 games, after playing for the ECHL’s Ontario Reign the year prior.  He also is among the large group of college players in the Kings system, having been drafted out of Miami (OH) University in 2006.

Info on Bernier’s mask design after the jump…

Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford recently told The Hockey News “I think (Jeff’s) strengths are his patience with the puck, reading releases and using his big body to stop the puck…he’s a student of the game, he’s always trying to learn. That’s real important to his game and his development, to continue to learn and just wanting to be better.”

That THN article also addresses the fact that Bernier continues to get all the hype as the ‘next big thing’ for Los Angeles…a growing storm that will possibly reach full flurry early this coming season, when he battles Johnathan Quick for the Kings staring position.

Which leads me to my next idea…

For Bernier’s mask this year, I suggest he goes with an old school circus theme.  The design could feature him and Quick engaged in various feats of strength – arm wrestling, tug of war, etc.  Frank Costanza could even be included as the referee.  It’s a classic in the making!

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/Mayor119
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

Recent Articles

This Date in LA Kings History: October 23

On October 23, 1979, Marcel Dionne scored four goals and Triple Crown linemates Charlie Simmer and Dave Taylor combined to score four points in the @LAKings' 7-4 win against the Colorado Rockies.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/LaCuCPdjnb
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) October 23, 2020

On October 23, 2000, Ziggy Palffy scored his league leading eighth goal of the season in […]

Preview: First Look at LA Kings Reverse Retro Jersey

Below is a first look at what we believe the LA Kings ‘reverse retro’ jersey will be for the upcoming 2020-21 season. As recently explained in a separate article, this is a league wide initiative – where teams are expected to add a fourth jersey, to only be worn once or twice versus a rival […]

This Date in LA Kings History: October 22

Happy birthday to former @LAKings center Butch Goring, who was born on October 22, 1949.#LAKings #GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/dVxnyM9MJJ
— The Kingstorian (@Kingstorian) October 22, 2020

On October 22, 1977, Dave Taylor scored his first career NHL goal, which took place at The Forum against the Boston Bruins. In his rookie season, Taylor scored 22 goals and 43 points […]

Major News Items

Anatomy of a Draft Pick – How the Kings Decided on Byfield

It seems that nearly every year there is a debate among two players either at or near the top of the NHL Draft board. This year was no exception, with Quinton Byfield vs. Tim Stuetzle being a common theme among … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

About John Hoven

John Hoven is a member of the of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and co-hosts Kings of the Podcast. He is also the founder and editor of MayorsManor.com, which has been named Best Sports Blog in Los Angeles by LA Weekly and Hockey Blog of the Year by Yahoo Sports. Click "ABOUT OUR TEAM" above for a full bio.