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Volume 24 No. 158
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Important, The Color Is: Flyers Repaint Yoda's Light Saber On Bryzgalov's Mask

The Flyers last week posted images of G Ilya Bryzgalov's new Star Wars mask "featuring the legendary characters of Yoda, Darth Vader, and R2D2," but Star Wars fans were "a bit unhappy that Yoda was seemingly rocking a red light saber, traditionally a symbol of the Sith Lords," according to Enrico Campitelli Jr. of Philadelphia-based blog THE700LEVEL.com. Franny Drummond, who painted the mask, said Yoda's light saber "was actually an orange-ish color," as he was "going for a hint of the Flyers' colors in Yoda." However, Campitelli noted someone from Lucasfilm Ltd. got in touch with Flyers Head Equipment Manager Derek Settlemyre and "asked that the colors be changed to match the original look of Yoda in the Star Wars movies." Drummond said that unless the "changes were made, Bryzgalov might not be able to wear the mask going forward." Drummond was able to find some "matching paint and went to work" following the Flyers' win over the Capitals last Wednesday "to give Yoda the proper green color Lightsaber and a more accurate spray tan" (THE700LEVEL.com, 3/4).