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Sideshow Bobrovsky: Flyers goalie shows off new Simpsons-inspired mask for playoffs

Apr 11, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

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While most players are busy growing out the playoff beard for the postseason (unless you’re Patrick Kane, then it’s time for the mullet) Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is new to the whole NHL playoffs thing. While the rookie goalie had a huge year in leading Philadelphia to the Atlantic Division title and the two seed in the Eastern Conference, finding a new way to show off for the playoffs can be difficult.

For a goalie, changing up the mask can be a sign of trying to change your luck or mixing up your superstitions, but Bobrovsky is going in another direction for inspiration. He’s going with Sideshow Bob. The tormentor of Bart Simpson adorns one side of Bobrovsky’s new lid just in time for the playoffs and as CSN Philly’s Sarah Baicker showed us on Twitter, it’s truly a glorious sight to behold.

Bobrovsky’s new mask also shows off Philadelphia folk hero Rocky Balboa on the other side adorned in the US flag, arms raised like the champion he was (belt or no belt) in six five movies. (Rocky V never happened, you hear me?!)

Going with Rocky on the helmet is obviously a nod to Philadelphia in itself but we’re just a little disappointed that the Russian netminder didn’t sneak in some love for Ivan Drago in Rocky IV just for fun. After all, this is the guy who had a fighter jet on his mask during the regular season, so why not just go all out with the sweaty, menacing mug of Dolph Lungdren as well?

As it stands, the only thing getting in the way of Bobrovsky now is either Apollo Creed or many carefully placed rakes. We’re thinking he doesn’t have to worry about any of those finding their way on the ice. Fortunately for Bobrovsky, there’s no one named Bartholomew on the Sabres to pester him in the first round of the playoffs.

(Thanks to Sarah Baicker from CSN Philly for sharing the photos via Twitter.)

  1. ihateannouncers - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    I hate the flyers, but that is awesome!!! Sideshow Bobrovski!!! Rocky was the natural chicoe but its nice to see a normal sense of humor from a professional athelete. Hockey player rule!! Lets hope the Sabres do their best Clubber Lang impression (first fight) and knock the flyers out.

    P.S. flyers suck

  2. ihateannouncers - Apr 12, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    My spell check sucks also..

  3. kellyb9 - Apr 12, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    He has the picture from Rocky IV on the other side… ya know, the one where he beats the russian. I thought it was an interesting choice.

  4. abrienza428 - Apr 12, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Cool. He’ll get to wear it for 6 games, and then his season will be over.

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