Dallas Stars goaltending prospect Jack Campbell is not one to shy away from patriotism. The young netminder is a proud American, and he uses his mask as one way to celebrate his country.
In his latest creation, Campbell, along with helmet-designer-to-the-stars, David Gunnarsson, honored the memory of the Navy SEALs lost during Operation: Red Wing in 2005. The mask also pays tribute to the lone survivor of the military operation, Marcus Littrell.
Like all of the masks Gunnarsson designs, it was a collaborative effort between the artist and the goalie from day one. From Gunnarsson’s Facebook page:
“Jack Campbell of the Dallas Stars had such an awesome idea for his new mask. He contacted me early and we started to discuss and brainstorm how to make his ideas into a reality. Jack wanted … a design that is a tribute to the American hero Marcus Luttrell. Marcus Luttrell is a former United States Navy SEAL, who received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for … facing Taliban fighters … Marcus is born and raised in Texas …”
This isn’t the first time Campbell and Gunnarsson have collaborated to mark a moment in United States history. His previous mask commemorated the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, which happened in Dallas. Also, how could we forget about Captain America?