Avicii Honored on Chicago Blackhawks Goalie's New Mask
The tributes for late-producer Avicii continue to pour in from around the world, this time from Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Anton Forsberg. According to a report on NHL.com, the hockey player had the late DJ's face painted onto his new helmet as an homage to his Avicii's life's work. Avicii struggled with health issues and depression for years; he passed away of an apparent suicide in April at 28 years-old.
"First of all, it was tragic, the whole story," Forsberg explained. "I watched the documentary [True Stories], and it was tragic how he opened up on everything and still didn't get the help he needed. I've always listened to his music and have been a big fan of it. For me, there was no hesitation putting him on the mask."
A picture of the new helmet design was shared by David Gunnarsson, the man behind the painting. Both he and Forsberg share Swedish roots. "It was a huge honor for me to paint and create this painting together with Anton in honor to Avicii´s family," Gunnerson is quoted. "They were also the first to see this painting."
Avicii's family turned the late artist's website into a digital memory board where friends, fans and admirers from around the world can share stories about how the man Tim Bergling and his music impacted their lives. Forsberg's helmet also features the Blackhawks' logo.
View the helmet design below.
Today we have the honor to present Anton Forsberg´s new Blackhawks mask for the coming season----. Anton knew what he wanted on his new mask, he wanted to pay tribute to the Swedish DJ legend Tim Bergling❤️, a.k.a Avicii, who recently passed away. Just as Anton I am also a big admirer of his music and person and family----❤️. It was a huge honor for me to paint and create this painting together with Anton in honor to Avicii´s family, they were also the first to see this painting❤️. The rest of the mask is painted in an old school and clean style, and on the other side of the mask Anton`s best friend pop up and makes him company in the net. @antonforsbeerg @nhlblackhawks @nhl @daveart