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Which goalie mask is the most 'Classic'?

12/31/2014 01:44 EST | Updated 03/02/2015 05:59 EST
Fashion has become one of the annual stories associated with the NHL's Winter Classic.

It is a day to debate which fedora and collegiate jacket wearing coach looks most like Punch Imlach? Or which team's jersey has a more vintage inspired look?

Goalies are no different - they care just as much about their playing style, as how they look on the ice.

The projected starting goaltenders for the New Year's Day game have started unveiling their Winter Classic themed gear, and so have their backups.

Which look do you think best reflects the 2015 NHL Winter Classic?

Braden Holtby - Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals starting goalie had his mask created by David Gunnarsson of DaveArt. The creation includes a stylized 'W' on either side of the helmet, and a patriotic Uncle Sam pointing on the crown. 

The design is an ode to former Capitals keeper Olaf Kolzig, who wore a similar mask during the early 1990s. 

Earlier this week Holtby gave fans a sneak peek at the vintage looking pads he will strap on Thursday. The two-tone brown and tan is nice, but are they as classic as the throwback set Jonathan Bernier wore last year?

Corey Crawford - Chicago Blackhawks

Corey Crawford will be going with a more classic look for this year's outdoor game. Stephane Bergeron of Griffe Originale, who designs all Crawford's masks, kept the images on the helmet large and bold so the mask could be appreciated by opponents on the ice, and by fans in the stands.

Antti Raanta - Chicago Blackhawks

​The Blackhawks' backup may not see any ice-time on New Year's Day, but that did not deter him from getting in the spirit. Raanta will look slick sitting on the bench with his bucket that shows off Chicago's skyline.

Justin Peters - Washington Capitals

Capitals backup Justin Peters will likely only take warmup, but he too got a new-look helmet. Similar to Holtby, Peters had his mask designed by David Gunnarsson. Peters usually has a 'Dawg' caricature on his helmets, but this time choose a seasonal look to showcase where his canine spends the winter.

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