Petr Mrazek expected to play most of his first pro season with the Detroit Red Wing’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, so combining his first name with their last name and a Family Guy tribute on his new mask makes a lot of sense.
Even if it didn’t really fit or mean anything, having the lead character of the infamous cartoon show, Peter Griffin, ripping open his shirt to reveal a Superman outfit underneath was bound to turn a few heads, especially if Mrazek gets to make his Motor City and NHL debut this week as the injury ravaged Red Wings look to rest workhorse No.1 Jimmy Howard.
Mrazek, who actually started his rookie season in the ECHL, could get the call this week with Jonas Gustavsson still recovering from a groin injury and Joey MacDonald still out with a back problem, according to the Detroit Free Press. And while the 6-foot-1 Czech with the dynamic, athletic style is more than capable of impressing with his play after posting a .944 save percentage in the ECHL and .916 in the AHL, there’s no doubt his new mask by artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt will.
In addition to Griffin doing his best Clark Kent on the left, there is a striking Griffins shield on the forehead, and an actual Griffin worked subtly into the red background above the Red Wings logo on the left side.
“Petr Mrazek´s new mask is a combo with Detroit Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins, spiced up with some super powers,” Gunnarsson wrote on his Facebook Page. “Petr knew what he wanted on his mask, and with that name and that team name, he knew what would fit perfect on his mask. I brainstormed some ideas and got started, and as you can see this mask has super powers.”
Enjoy close up photos of Mrazek’s new mask below, and you can find more of Gunnarsson’s great artwork on both his website and on his Twitter feed. And for all the new masks in the NHL this season, be sure to visit out InGoal’s mask page: