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Buffalo Sabres' Goalie Has A Custom IN FLAMES Helmet

Death metal and hockey- an oddly fitting pair.

Death metal and hockey- an oddly fitting pair.

Robin Lehner of the Buffalo Sabres is a bit of an In Flames fan. Last year he had an In Flames mask made for him and this year he's got another kickass looking one! Isn't it interesting that metal is becoming more and more widely accepted than say, 10 years ago? Regardless, here's what goalie helmet artist David Gunnarsson had to say about his work on Lehner's helmet via Facebook.

Robin and I had a vision to create a dark and gritty design, inspired by nightmares…? With a violent look filled with scratches and marks and splatter, the design transforms into a tribute to Robin Lehner´s favorite music…?? The matte finish of the mask helps the design to become something totally spectacular…

Lehner is 24 years old, so I think it's safe to say he probably grew up on a healthy diet of In Flames and other melodic death metal. Maybe we'll see some Soilwork helmets in the NHL sometime soon?

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