I hope so. There has been many great masks but it can be even better if they have a deeper meaning.
Don't care too much for Niemi's new mask nor the theme used on it.
To me Niemi has always come across as one of those overly patriotic idiots Finland is full of with the Finnish lion on the back of his mask and I wouldn't be surprised if he had tattoo of it on him as well and a gold chain around his neck.
Now, I'm not saying that the war vets shouldn't be recognized for what they did, but I'm not sure if a hockey goalie tribute mask is the venue to do that.
In any case, the mask is an improvement over his former one, but that isn't saying much as his former mask was total garbage. To me the mask is too full of details which make it too hectic in my opinion. The color scheme is very nice, but I would've left someone like Mannerheim out of it.
It just has a right-wing nationalist smell to it, which I'm very much against of.
An interesting critique/perspective on Niemi from a fellow countryman ... do you think he's been overly influenced/exposed to Hollywood/California/the US in general? I never really considered the political aspect of it, being unfamiliar with the politics of Finland.
Maybe I was being a bit too harsh earlier and I let the fact that I was pissed over Chicago winning the cup affect my critic of Niemi somewhat ...