Best Canucks Masks, Round III: Roberto Luongo vs. Curt Ridley

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Roberto Luongo has a chance to punch his ticket to the final round for the best Canucks mask ever made. But will Curt Ridley stack the pads and stonewall his chance? In related news, puns are fun.

The battle for the Smyl Conference is on, spotting Roberto Luongo (who has dispatched Kirk McLean and Johan Hedberg) against Curt Ridley (who brushed off Garth Snow and Corey Hirsch to make the dance). One of the two will push on to the final round and take on the winner of Garrett and Bromley.

Do you like the old school Ridley or the (many) modern designs of Lui? Vote with extreme prejudice.

Ridley Mask Gallery: It's hard to get more quintessential Vancouver Canuck than Ridley's clean "stick-in-rink" mask. If imitation is the finest form of flattery, then note that Ridley's design inspired Schneider's third mask design and also a version Luongo used with third jerseys. [1] [2] [3]

Luongo Mask Gallery: When Luongo arrived in 2006 he went with a landscape and bear design [1] [2] [3]. The next season he wanted something that screamed Vancouver which gave way to Luongo's stylized Johnny Canuck. [4] [5] [6] By 2008 Luongo was captain which saw altered designs with the "C" featured on the chin in addition to a mask to be used with the third jerseys (on left). [7] By 2009 he revised it ever so slightly. [8] He was stripped of the captaincy in 2010 and modified the lid. [9] [10] By 2011 he altered his main mask to incorporate the franchise anniversary logo. [11] He started last year with his normal mask but also weaved in another version of the Johnny Canuck (the Super Mario) [12] [13] [14] along with the Curt Ridley design for the third jerseys. [15] [16] All of this doesn't take into account some of his designs that didn't get much love, multiple third ones or ones used solely in practice.

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