looking for winged hockey helmet decal

Submitted by BlueFab5 on September 22nd, 2009 at 11:58 PM

Anyone know where I can get a winged decal for a hockey helmet?

I did a quick net search and couldn't find anything. I also checked ebay, nada.



Bando Calrissian

September 23rd, 2009 at 12:05 AM ^

The hockey equipment staff actually applies the wings with maize tape, as painting the wings would create some kind of hazard for the players. According to a guy in the hockey office who gave me a tour of the Yost locker room a few years back, the paint chips really easily and if inhaled is pretty nasty. Another commonly cited reason is that painting on a logo would void the warranty on the helmet and/or make it unsafe.

Thus, tape. So, get yourself a big roll of maize-colored tape, and go to town! May take a couple hours, but it's authentic.

Bando Calrissian

September 23rd, 2009 at 12:31 AM ^

Yeah, it seems crazy, but that's one of the alternate reasons that floats around. I heard the paint chip thing directly from the hockey people, but I've also heard a lot of talk about the manufacturers not wanting the helmets painted.

When you think about it, how many non-goalie hockey helmets do you see that have painted designs? I can't think of any. It's always decals.

Six Zero

September 23rd, 2009 at 8:04 AM ^

whose recently purchased Jofa (90's era Lemieux-Jagr style) snapped in front above the ears after some collision on the boards... so he went to the pro shop which in turn put him in touch with some supply rep, and long story short they told him it was his fault because he used Itech screws to put in his Itech half-shield on a Jofa product. WTF, of course... Long story short, the pro shop made good on the deal. I was never a Jofa guy to begin with, but that story pretty much guaranteed I never would be.

Blue Bennie

September 23rd, 2009 at 10:33 AM ^

They are made out of a pretty soft, flexible plastic. I'm not a chemist, but there are probably paints (or painting processes and thinners) that would alter the durability and makeup of the plastic. A safety equipment company couldn't and shouldn't extend their warranty under those circumstances.

Goalie helmets are much more harder, and made of fiberglass, carbon fiber, etc. These are easily painted, and not flexible, so the paint stays on better.


September 23rd, 2009 at 12:24 AM ^

You have to tape it. Its actually not too tough to do. Or you could ask Ian Hume to do it (the hockey manager), but I'm sure he'd want a good price to do it because he has to do 30 of those every year.