When Finnish-born NHL hockey player Antti Raanta wore a Moomin-inspired goalie mask during the NHL season's opening game on Monday night where the Rangers shut out the San Jose Sharks 4-0 , the company that holds the copyright to artist Tove Jansson's Moomin's characters contacted the Swedish artist who painted Raanta's mask.
“The Moomins are Tove Jansson’s creation and they are copyrighted. The artist who painted the mask did not ask for permission,” said Roleff Kråkström, Managing Director of Moomin Characters Oy Ltd.
“We’re not going to take a stand on the artistic merit of the painting, but it does break a few of our brand guidelines,” said Kråkström, adding that Jansson (1914-2001) was very exact about the Moomins and where they could appear.
However, Kråkström says the company will not forbid Raanta to use the Moomin mask and wishes him only the best for the season.
“We don’t want to inconvenience Antti Raanta's season in any way or cause illwill among fans. We hope that Raanta and the Rangers win the Stanley Cup this year and after the season we would love to have the mask for our collection," said Kråkström.
Raanta, who was born in Rauma, is a big Moomin fan.