By Ed Reed
ESTERO, Fla. – Florida goaltender Rob Zepp is not off to the start he wanted for the 2004-05 ECHL season, but he hopes the change he received Wednesday will help.
A big classic rock fan, Zepp had an artist paint his goalie mask in honor of his favorite band — Led Zeppelin. The black or purple helmet depending on how the light hits it, is covered in thin lightning bolts. It has “Zepp” spelled in the band’s signature lettering on the chin. A picture of Old Father Time holding his lantern, just like from the inside cover of Led Zeppelin IV, is on each cheek. On the back is the symbol of founding member John Paul Jones (circle over three interlocking ovals) that purportedly represents a person who is confident and competent.
“I’m a music nut,” said Zepp, who debuted the mask Friday against Pee Dee. “I wanted to do something to my helmet to personalize it.”