Facing criticism for cultural appropriation of Indigenous art over the design chosen for his new Vancouver Canucks mask, Canadian goaltender Braden Holtby apologized on Saturday.
“I wanted to make sure that I apologize to anyone I offended. It was absolutely not my intention and I learned an important lesson through it all. I’ll make sure I do better in the future, ”Holtby said in an interview with CTV News.
Images of the mask, which features the face of a bird, were posted on Instagram by artist David Gunnarsson. They were withdrawn the following day due to comments that they appropriated First Nations cultures.
Gunnarsson is a Sweden based artist who is recognized as one of the top hockey mask designers.