Howard’s Stadium Series Mask Honors Tigers Greats
Jimmy Howard is no stranger to the mask designs created by Ray Bishop of Bishop Design, so it’s hardly a surprise the Detroit Red Wings veteran turned to Bishop for his 2016 Stadium Series mask design .
The design fits perfectly with the game’s location, as Detroit will face off against the Colorado Avalanche at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado in February.
Howard will bring more than just the Red Wings with him to the iconic baseball stadium; he’ll also have Detroit’s 122-year old baseball team, which is also owned by Mike Ilitch, well represented when the team touches down in the Central Conference.
“For obvious reasons, we went with a baseball theme on this mask,” Bishop told InGoal Magazine. “I did some pencil sketches on the mask of ‘Detroit Tiger Greats’ from years past, and then added some old Tigers logos to pay homage to players and the Detroit Tigers (the pencil sketches help give it that “Old School” feel I think).
Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, Ernie Harwell, Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson, and Sparky Anderson are all included on the design. I also added in some old fashioned uniform style pinstripes, and hardball stitches to help knock this baseball themed mask out of the park!”
Howard’s decision to use the Tigers in his Stadium Series mask keeps in line with the outdoor series trend we’ve seen out of masks this year; both Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and Mike Condon of the Montreal Canadiens offered tributes to the New England Patriots when the two teams went head-to-head at Gillette Stadium on New Year’s Day for the 2016 Winter Classic.
This time, though, Howard honored more than just the team whose home is being loaned to the NHL for the outdoor game; he honored the sister sport’s team from Detroit, drawing on the Tigers and their illustrious history as one of the oldest teams in North American pro sports.
As always, Howard has the calligraphic ‘D’ incorporated into the mask design; for this mask, though, it’s featured in a much more up-front manner. The design spans the top of the mask, ending just inches before Bishop honored the four World Series won by the Tigers over the last century.
We’ve loved some of Bishop’s other designs for Howard, including his Breast Cancer Awareness design from early fall 2014 and the Winter Olympics mask Bishop created for his long-time client. This one helps bring some nostalgia to Detroit fans everywhere, though; it’s definitely a home run in our eyes.