Sharks goaltender Martin Jones won't just enter the season with a different paycheck, a result of entering the first of a five-year, $34.5 million contract extension he signed last July. He'll also have a new mask.
Toronto-based artist Steve Nash unveiled a look at Jones' mask design for the upcoming season Monday morning on Twitter. The design once again features San Jose's secondary logo, but with some subtle differences.
You know hockey season is getting close when you start seeing teasers! 🏒👏🏻🙏🏻
Here's a peek at Martin Jones' new 2018-19 @SanJoseSharks goalie mask.
🎨🖌 Hand painted/airbrushed by Steve Nash of @Eyecandyair on a @VaughnHockey/@Progoalie pic.twitter.com/E8c8ex9Gs6— EYECANDYAIR (@Eyecandyair) July 16, 2018
Eagle-eyed mask afficionados will notice a couple of tweaks. For one, there are now two sharks on the side, compared to just one last season. Those sharks boast orange eyes seen on the back of his mask last season.
For comparison, here's a look at Jones' mask from last year.
Fresh paint 🖌🎨 Martin Jones new 2017-18 @SanJoseSharks #goaliemask. Airbrushed by Steve Nash of @Eyecandyair (on a @VaughnHockey/@Progoalie) pic.twitter.com/G7N2KPBtes— EYECANDYAIR (@Eyecandyair) September 28, 2017
The 28-year-old netminder is entering his fourth season in San Jose's crease. In 60 starts in the regular season last year, Jones posted a .915 save percentage, and followed that up with a .928 in 10 postseason starts as the Sharks advanced to the second round.
We'll get our best look at Jones' new mask in action when training camp gets underway in mid-September, and, assuming he plays, in a game as soon as the preseason opener on Sept. 18 against the Ducks.