Music and sports are two things that often bind fathers and sons together, and in the case of Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart, he has specific memories that bind his dad that led him to practice. hockey with the Foo Fighters. So, in honor of this relationship with his father, Hart will begin wearing a Foo Fighters-themed goalie mask as a nod to his father as well as the late Foos batsman, Taylor Hawkins. , who died earlier this year.
Hart, who recently debuted the mask, told NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman, “The Foo Fighters are a band that I really liked and it’s my dad’s favorite band. When we went to hockey in the car when I was younger, he would blast ‘The Pretender’ song in his truck, and so that would get me fired before the game. So I wanted to do that obviously for him and then obviously with the passing of Taylor Hawkins, I thought it would be a nice tribute to the band and to Taylor.”
The Flyers goaltender teamed up with Pennsylvania artist Franny Drummond to create the look for the mask, as the duo had worked together on music-themed masks honoring Tim McGraw and AC/DC.
“We were thinking about what to do, and him and his dad, his dad is a big Foo Fighters fan, and they never got to see them. [on tour] in 2019 because of COVID,” Drummond told NHL.com. “They never got to see them, and then Taylor passed away. So that was a really cool idea. Carter and I got together, and it was like, well, let’s just pay homage to the Foo Fighters.”
Hart’s mask will have images of Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins on both sides of the ear of the helmet, while the Foo Fighters logo also appears on the mask, but in a smaller size, as seen in the video tweeted below.
Hart was pleased with the results, saying Drummond’s artwork on the mask “blew everything out of the water”.
Asked about his own Foo Fighters fandom, the goalie said “Walk” was his favorite Foo Fighters song, while admitting he also picked up the guitar and learned to play “Learn to Fly.”
While Hart suffered a lower-body injury in the preseason, he hopes to be ready to play in the Flyers’ season opener on Oct. 13 against the New Jersey Devils, with his mask on. seen.
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