TORONTO– Goaltender Ben Scrivens doesn’t hide his feelings for Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip.
In fact, the Spruce Grove, Alta. native enjoys them so much he decided to put them on his mask for everyone to see.
“It’s supposed to be a whole concert scene,” he said about the painting on his bucket. “It’s a Tragically Hip concert with the crowd on the sides. All the guys from the band are on there too.”
When you take a closer look, you can see the crowds hands on the bottom of the helmet reaching up for the stage. On the right side lead singer Gord Downie and bassist Gord Sinclair rock out while on the left side drummer Johnny Fay and guitarists Paul Langlois and Rob Baker complete the group.
“There definitely a band I like,” said Scrivens. “They’re part of Canadian culture, have a lot of hockey songs and Gord Downie played goal too. ‘Lonely End of the Rink’ is a song about a goalie. It’s just something I thought that went together and was fairly cool.”
The second-year pro has been to a concert but has yet to meet the group personally.
When Scrivens joined the Toronto Maple Leafs organization last season he split time between the Reading Royals of the ECHL and the Toronto Marlies.
He spent the entire season with a plain, white mask.
“Last year I couldn’t decide what I wanted,” he said. “You look at (Curtis) Joseph, (Felix) Potvin or (Ed) Belfour, a lot of goalies have something specific to them, but growing up I always had a plain mask and nothing really of my own so my masks try to incorporate whatever team I play for.”
“I’m really happy with how it turned out. The important thing is the Maple Leafs logo front and centre.”
Perhaps the most intriguing part of his helmet is what’s painted on the back. Along with initials of family members, that run across the top in a slight arch, he also has a logo on the right side that signifies his belonging to some sort of “secret” society at Cornell University.
Unfortunately, the 25-year-old wouldn’t elaborate too much on what exactly he was part of. Although he did say the name of the club was Quill and Dagger.
“That is stuff from school, Quill and Dagger,” he said. “It’s a seniors honors society. I can’t really talk about it too much though. The back of the mask is where I keep the personal stuff.”
In 2010, Scrivens’ final season at Cornell, he won the Ken Dryden award for the league’s top goalie. Coincidentally Dryden is also a Big Red alumni , graduating class of 1969, who was once vice president of Quill and Dagger in 1968.