Ron Burgundy, the fictitious San Diego broadcaster played by Will Ferrell in
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, is one of the most memorable — and certainly most quotable — characters from a comedy in the past 15 years. Burgundy’s quips and one-liners have remained incredibly popular more than a decade after the film’s 2004 release, and it seemed only a matter of time before someone would make the obvious connection between Anchorman and the San Diego Gulls, the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate. Well, the connection has been made, and now Gulls fans will be seeing Burgundy night in and night out on the mask of goaltender
Ryan Faragher. Mask artist David Gunnarsson posted Faragher’s new mask Friday, and it pays homage to the Anchorman character with a portrait on the left panel of the mask, as well as the rest of his Channel 4 news team:
The entire left panel is dedicated to Anchorman, with Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) also getting some love right next to the mask’s cage. Big and bold on the left is also the Channel 4 News logo, the fabricated station that Burgundy and crew worked at. Gunnarsson completed the mask with a right panel bearing the San Diego Gulls word mark and a stencilled image of the Gulls’ logo on top and on the chin. “Yep, Ryan Faragher was sure what he wanted on his new San Diego mask,”
Gunnarsson wrote to go along with images of the mask. “When you play in San Diego, a tribute design to the TV host of the city is a sure thing.” No word on when Faragher’s mask will make its debut, but one thing’s for sure: he’s sure to stay classy, San Diego.