A BCKPG design originally made in 2010, rebooted to give the idea new life. The original '10 design of Gerry Cheevers (encapsulated in the lowercase "bp") is now printed on the back, and the Cheevers stencil that the design was based from is printed on the front.
Enjoy the original product write-up below:
As a kid roaming around the local mall during the few sports card shows that were held there throughout the year, I was usually in all of my glory. One fall day in ‘89, I was indeed basking in all that glory. Card shows were a different scene back then: the cards weren’t yet overpriced and you could afford to buy boxes and spend all day opening them. The rarities and classics in the glass cases were in abundance and you could annoy the pants off of the vendors asking them countless questions and then still not buy their coveted ’86 Donruss Canseco Rated Rookie (thank god).
During this particular card show, I was beginning to focus on hockey cards due to the Pittsburgh Penguins beginning to show a lot of promise. Not knowing much about the league besides Mario, the few star Pens we had and of course your Gretzkys, Hulls, and Orrs, I just poked around trying to absorb as many names as I could so I could start having a hockey conversation. After looking at a few Orr cards, I came across one that I could not get over; a ‘79-‘80 O-Pee-Chee Gerry Cheevers card. There was this Cheevers guy, taking an on-ice break, with the classic style goalie mask (which in my world, Jason Voorhees made famous) propped upon his head. All that I was focused on was the tiny bit of mask that I could see which was covered with hand-drawn “scar marks”. Always looking to make friends with people who might contain endless amounts of useless knowledge, I asked the man behind the case why this Cheevers had drawn all over his mask? Was he trying to look like he was in a horror film? Why didn’t he have cool pictures on it like the other goalies? Is he really mean? Would he want to hang out with me? This slightly disheveled man in a stained Pirates shirt managed to squeeze out a few words of explanation; “No man. He marks his mask with a Sharpie every time a puck hits his face.”
“Fuck that’s cool”, I stated.
That card vendor was right. It’s popular hockey lore that Cheevers faked an injury one day in practice after a puck struck him in the mask. Gerry retired to the locker room for a smoke and a beer and was soon caught by Harry Sinden, the Bruin’s head coach, who ordered him back to the ice. As a jab at the goaltender’s embellished injury, the team trainer later painted a stitch mark on Gerry’s then blank white fiberglass mask. Ever since that day, Cheevers would draw a scar on his mask after being hit in the face by a puck, subsequently creating one of the most recognized masks in history.
Regardless of Cheever’s role as the poster boy for iconic goalie masks, he is one of the best goalies to play the game. This two-time Cup winner holds the record for consecutive undefeated victories with 33. Cheevers held respect in the locker room with friends and teammates such as Phil Espositio, as well with opponents on the ice. He often crept outside of the crease with an aggressiveness often referred to as a “3rd Defensemen” and was not afraid to throw his body around.
That being said, I doubt I will have to point to the obvious parallels between Cheevers and a modern day, Stanley Cup winning Bruin’s goalie who likes to play his position aggressively while dawning a monotone, iconic mask.
* I feel obligated to offer a preemptive apology as this shirt has scared women or child during its production and subsequent printing
* This reboot of the Cheevers "Leatherface?" tee is printed on premium white American Apparel ring spun cotton long sleeve tees. These tees are incredibly soft, comfortable, and flexible, and are the same as the famous American Apparel tees, but with long sleeves of course. Be sure to go one size up when ordering American Apparel tees if you wish to have a roomier fit.
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