A former Drumheller artist has created a goalie’s mask for a Humboldt Broncos player to honour the 16 victims killed in the April 6 bus crash.
Morgen Schinnour, who grew up in Drumheller but now runs Schinny Designs, a full-time custom mask art business in Lethbridge, was asked to paint a mask by goalie Dane Dow, 19, who was acquired by the Broncos from the Drumheller Dragons this summer after their former goalies Parker Tobin was killed and Jacob Wasserman was paralyzed in the crash.
“It was an honour to be asked to paint this for him,” Schinnour says.
She says Dow came to her saying he wanted the Humboldt logo, his last name on the chin, and a green and yellow ribbon on the side. She ended up adding the horse logo on the other side of the mask. She decided to also add the names of all 16 players who were killed in in a pearl paint which gives it a ‘ghosted’ look where the names are only visible at certain angles of light.
“When he contacted after we found out he’d been traded by the Dragons, I was sad he got traded because it meant the mask I had painted for him before needed to be sanded off and re done, but in the long run it was good because I was able to create this for him.”
She says he was looking forward to wearing it when their season starts this September.
“He’s a very quiet guy who doesn’t have many words, but he’s really happy about it,” Schinnour says.
The mask has also gained the attention of media around Saskatchewan, with her saying she’s been busy with interviews all week.