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Artist Ray Bishop has worked with Ryan Miller since his days at Michigan State University.has been widely reported but as many news outlets picked up on it, Bishop tells us that the story got a bit muddled. We’ll try to clarify it a bit. The mask is by Gary Warwick as all of Miler’s are. Ryan himself presented a concept to Ray – who tells us that Ryan’s sketch abilities are fantastic, “…if Ryan needs another career after hockey, he could well be an artist.” Ryan’s concept though was general, centering around the Uncle Sam character, and then he left it to Ray to “run with it” – and run with it he did! This should be one of the most distinctive lids in Vancouver – look closely for all the layers of detail Ray has created.
I hope you enjoy this exclusive look at the lid – other news outlets have had one or two handheld shots but Ray provided us with some high-quality studio shots for inGoal Magazine Readers. Now head on over to Bishop Designs for more of Ray’s great work.
Ray Bishop has been in close touch with inGoal Magazine since he allowed us to publish the first photos of a new Japanese-themed mask Miller wore last season – so many people love Miller’s traditional Sabres mask but I loved the new and more personal look he tried – unfortunately we won’t be seeing it again for a while because Ryan took a slap shot that broke the Chin off.