Jimmy Howard’s 2012-2013 Detroit Red Wings mask art is an update on his design from last season, created by Michigan native Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs. While most masks feature some degree of personalization, Howard’s is steeped in symbolism and tributes to his city, his country, his team and, of course, family.
The design features a Detroit icon in the ’67 Ford Mustang over the city skyline with licence plate 1926, the year the Red Wings played their first game after investors purchased the players of the old Victoria Cougars.
Across the bottom edge of the mask on both sides are the numbers of legendary Wings who have had their numbers retired:
Sid Abel (#12), Gordie Howe (#9), Terry Sawchuk (#1), Ted Lindsay (#7), Alex Delvecchio (#10), and Steve Yzerman (#19)
On the backplate, often reserved by goalies for their most personal icons, is a redesigned tribute to former members of the Wings family, Brad McCrimmon, Ruslan Salei and Stefan Liv who were lost in the crash that killed the KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team.
“Let’s Roll” has been on Howard’s masks for over 10 years now, and references the words of Todd Beamer of nearby Flint, MI who led the charge of passengers to attempt to retake control over United Airlines flight 93 during the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The fiercely patriotic Howard, includes the USA on the backplate alongside the recent addition “J IV” for his young son, James Russell Howard IV, whose birth made a significant impact on Howard that carried over into his game on ice, as detailed in the InGoal cover article, from our April 2012 edition.
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