He hasn’t played a game for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but already Frederik Andersen is paying homage to his new club. On Sunday, the 26-year-old’s World Cup of Hockey mask was revealed – another work of art by artist David Gunnarsson.
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Andersen – who will be playing for Team Europe – will be representing his home country of Denmark. His mask also incorporates his country’s emblem with his number 31 located on the chin of the mask. Finally, on the other side of his mask is a Lego Batman donning the Danish flag.
Andersen will be joined by Slovakia’s Jaroslav Halak and Germany’s Thomas Greiss as the European goaltenders. While there’s no guarantee at this point, both Halak and Andersen have a chance to start when the World Cup starts in September.
While Andersen is only 26, he’s had a good start to his young career. In 125 career regular season games, he’s posted a 77-26-12 record with a 2.33 goals against average and .918 save percentage with six shutouts.
On top of that he’s had some success in the playoffs with 17 wins in 28 games. His 2.34 goals against and .916 save percentage also show that he can compete at the highest level and on the big stage.
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Andrew is in his 8th year reporting for The Hockey Writers covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. He began his broadcasting with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada team as well as being part of their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He’s the former play-by-play voice of the London Jr. Knights for Rogers TV and currently hosts the Sticks in the 6ix podcast. You can follow him on Twitter at @AndrewGForbes.