Detroit Red Wings prospect Thomas McCollum has a new mask for the Hockeytown Winter Festival that surrounds the upcoming Winter Classic outdoor game, but it’s the unrelated backplate on his new lid that seems more likely to grab the most attention.
McCollum has late actor Chris Farley, portrayed in his role in/as Tommy Boy, displayed on his new backplate. We’ll assume it’s a play on McCollum’s first name and a possible nickname, and not about Farley having a cousin high up in the ranks at Ford Motor Company in Detroit.
Frankly, we don’t care. Any excuse for more Chris Farley is welcome.
As for the rest of the mask, which was painted by artist Jason Livery of HeadStrongGrafx, it’s a catching combination of McCollum’s current team, the Grand Rapids Griffins, and their recent run to the Calder Cup championship in the American Hockey League on the right side.
The left side is a tribute to the upcoming HockeyTown Winter Festival that is part of the Wings’ outdoor game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, including an AHL game featuring McCollum’s Griffins at the outdoor rink inside Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.