Petr Mrazek Detroit Red Wings 2013-14 mask top

Coming up with a replacement for Petr Mrazek’s old mask featuring Peter Griffin from Family Guy was never going to be easy. But with Mrazek looking ready to move on from the AHL – he was a Petr playing for the Grand Rapid Griffins, hence the Family Guy reference – it was time to move on.
Thankfully painter Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs came up with an equally brilliant idea.
Since Mrazek, who was called up again this week with Jimmy Howard nursing a sore catching hand, looked ready to play for the Red Wings, why not tie in their home building, Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena.
What better way to represent the downtown rink than by tying in the boxer it was named after? So Bishop decided to incorporate “The Fist” of Joe Louis, which was also memorialized in 1986 by a 24-foot long sculpture of the Detroit-raised boxer ‘s fist and forearm that is located at Detroit’s Hart Plaza.
“I wanted to do something that was bold and screamed Detroit,” Bishop told InGoal. ” I really don’t remember anyone using ‘The Fist of Joe Louis’ on their mask, so I thought that would be a great image to bring Detroit into the design, as well as show the strength and resilience of the city. To help further tie the image together, I decided to ghost the skyline of Detroit in subtly beneath the fist, and encircled them with ‘Detroit Red Wings and ‘HockeyTown USA’ to bring it all home.”
The chin of the new Vaughn by Pro’s Choice mask features Mrazek’s first name, along with Czech flags celebrating his heritage.
“As for the rest of the lid, I wanted to just have some clean looking stripes and Red Wings logos to keep the mask looking classic and clean,” Bishop said.
Bishop is no stranger to celebrating the city of Detroit, having painted the Spirit of Detroit statue on Howard’s new mask. He was also the artist behind Howard’s brilliant pink ribbon breast cancer awareness mask. For more of Bishop’s work, be sure to check out his company website, as well as “liking” his Facebook page, and following him on Twitter. In the meantime, enjoy these images of the Fist of Joe Louis on Mrazek’s new lid:
Petr Mrazek Detroit Red Wings 2013-14 mask left and backplate
Petr Mrazek Detroit Red Wings 2013-14 mask right and backplate
Petr Mrazek Detroit Red Wings 2013-14 mask top
Petr Mrazek Detroit Red Wings 2013-14 mask fist
Petr Mrazek Detroit Red Wings 2013-14 mask fist top 2
Petr Mrazek Detroit Red Wings 2013-14 mask top new angle
Petr Mrazek Detroit Red Wings 2013-14 mask right
Petr Mrazek Detroit Red Wings 2013-14 mask left
Petr Mrazek Detroit Red Wings 2013-14 mask left top
Petr Mrazek Detroit Red Wings 2013-14 mask right top
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5 Responses to New Mrazek Mask Features The Fist of Joe Louis

  1. Warren Shapiro says:

    I thought hockey (NHL) was not promoting fighting. I think it shows it on this mask. I feel the league has to clamp down on this. If not this mask deserves a game misconduct. Sorry hockey fans that’s how I feel about fighting in the NHL. Maybe he will tone it down a little bit.

    • brandon says:

      if you dont like fights you dont like hockey its a historic part of the game and if you have a problem with that your prob a liberal getting into something you dont understand from an original six team fan “the” BIG BAD BRUINS and former hockey goalie

  2. Jt says:

    Joe Louis is a boxer, they play in Joe Louis Arena, and there is a statue of Joe Louis’s Fist in Detroit. It has nothing to do with fighting in hockey.

  3. Ian Wotherspoon says:

    I understand what Warren is saying but on the other hand what Jt said is also very true. The Arena is named after Joe Louis and I understand what Petr Mrazek has done with his mask by honouring Joe Louis while at the same time he has incorporated the name of his team “Detroit Red Wings” as part of the design and In my opinion I don’t believe it’s promoting fighting. I will say this, with all the controversy that’s going on right now about fighting in the NHL I can see how people could perceive this as promoting fighting. But I don’t believe for a second that Petr was trying to do this.

    I will end by saying another great piece of artwork by Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs. http://www.bishopdesigns.com/

  4. FinFan says:

    I like the fact that a lot of goalies are going back to a more classic mask designs and don’t overload it with to much high detail.
    I, too don’t think he wanted to promote fights in hockey in any way. It’s simply an homage to a great sportsman. Don’t try to make a point where there is none.

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