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Photos: Coyotes’ backup Greiss’ mask is nightmare fuel for Yandle

Oct 9, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

It’s unclear if Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle was joking about the team’s backup Thomas Greiss‘ creepy new mask when he gave this assessment to Dave Yest of the team’s Web site Wednesday:

“I lost a little bit of sleep over it,” Yandle said.

Here are the two side views of that creepy mask, which Vest posted a week ago on Twitter:

source: Getty Images

What … is that, exactly? That’s unclear, just don’t look into its eyes for more than a minute.

At least the other side is a little more palatable, as it features Bigfoot/Sasquatch/whatever you’d like to call the mythical beast.*


Judging by Mike Smith‘s performance on Tuesday, Coyotes fans might see Greiss, 27, wearing that disturbing mask in net quite a few times this season.

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  1. sjsharks66 - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Awesome mask!

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    I love litterally everything about it, except…


    The two S’s have no relationship to the lettering style of the other characters in Greiss. Knowingly, or unknowingly, there is a giant homage to the Third Reich on that mask. How an artist could not realise that is beyond me, especially when the letters look nothing like the others.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Wow. I’m not trying to say I’m right here.. but I just realized Thomas Greiss is from Germany…. I’m starting to think this isn’t a coincidence. I mean, that is easily the most well known symbol next to the Swastika in Germany, and probably Worldwide.. How that could go unnoticed is beyond me.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        I’m sorry, you don’t grow up in Germany until your 20’s and not know what SS Bolts are. I honestly don’t believe that is coincidental. You can disagree, but anyone German, in the US Prison System, or on the set of Breaking Bad can tell you those are SS bolts, plain and simple. They have no relationship to the style of the other letters.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        So what, dude? Enough of this p.c. crap already. I’m so tired of people who whine and cry about something they don’t like or agree with….claiming they’re “offended”. If you don’t like it, or find it offensive….don’t look at it!!!

      • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        I think there is a little bit of a difference to whining and crying about Tim Thomas’ political beliefs and those of White Power.. I’m the least PC person in the world.. Its just pretty obvious to me you don’t grow up in Germany and not know what you just did. I also worked in tattoo shop for years and saw just how many tattoos used SS bolts as the two SS’s in words. Its so common its naive to think otherwise.

      • nflnhlrulznbasux - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:29 AM

        Dude, I think you’re making something out of nothing. You want to complain about something, how about the single orange/red stripe located on the left arm of team Canada’s 3rd jersey for the Olympics., that smells”Heil Hitler!”

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      You’re an absolute moron

    • skr213 - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      The second S doesn’t look like a lightning bolt.

  3. nogoodtomedead - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    You guys are seeing what you want to see. Ever heard a goalie talk about the art on his mask? They have almost no say in it what-so-ever. The artist- and I think its one guy who does most of them- just usually sends them something in a color scheme that is relative to the team. Do you actually think Griess asked for a veiled reference to the Nazi party? And because he’s German it must be so? The Nazi’s were a political party- just like Republicans or Democrats here- they weren’t the whole of Germany- this is quite a ridiculous outrage you are all creating here.

    • nogoodtomedead - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM

      P.S. Maybe he really likes Kiss

    • Anoesis - Oct 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM

      I agree it’s quite possible those bloody-looking streaks weren’t intended in any way to look like Nazi SS’s, but to say the National Socialist German Worker’s Party was just a political party is like saying Jim Jones was just a preacher.

  4. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Cool Helmut. Dumbest conversation ever going on about it. Look up what the Nazi SS logo looks like. This is nothing like it.

  5. pirovash88 - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    I’m pretty sure that’s a picture of nosferatu on his mask.

  6. alswingman - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Get a life, whiny beotch complaining about waffen SS style lettering. It’s art on a goalie mask. That’s all there is to it. Nationality, racism and politics have nothing to do with it. You are a complete loser for even bringing up the non-sequitur, wasting my time when I could be using the toilet (which I could do both at once if I had a tablet)

    Sick mask!

  7. matt14gg - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    It’s weird, I have to agree it really does look like the SS insignia and to the guy who says “so what, you shouldn’t be so PC”, that would rise to a bit more than just being over offended. Especially since Thomas Greiss is German. I have to believe someone is going to notice this and it will be changed. If you don’t understand what this means, try to imagine a goalie from the south putting a hangman’s noose on his mask. Whether you care or not, someone would have a problem with it.

  8. passenger37 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    please shut up.. all of you.

  9. darksidecowboy - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Love the mask, it’s definitely Nosferatu the German horror film from 1922. It also looks a little like Gollum from LOTR, “My Precious!”

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