Bats of Austin, Texas On Jack Campbell’s New Mask
Dallas Stars puck-stopping prospect Jack Campbell paid tribute to the city that hosts their American Hockey League affiliate by going with a bat theme on his new Texas Stars mask.
Painted by Jason Livery of HeadStrongGrafx, Campbell’s new mask includes several cityscapes from Austin, Texas, a place well known for its multiple bat conservation centres.
Tourists flock to the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue bridge, which is home to anywhere from 750,000 to 1.5 million bats depending on the time of year. At sunset the bats emerge like a massive black could from under the bridge, covering the countryside and consuming between 10,000 to 30,000 pounds of insects.
The bridge depicted from above on the left side of Campbell’s new mask is actually the Pennybacker Bridge, which is more commonly known as the “360 Bridge,” with is part of the “Capital of Texas Highway,” a road considered one of the most scenic urban drives in central Texas.
There are bat silhouettes on each side, a stylized image of the Austin capital building on the chin, the Texas Stars logo on the forehead, and a blend of bats and stars all over. And, because we’ve yet to meet a hockey player with the last name Campbell that doesn’t also have the nickname “Soupy,” it is written inside his No.1 on the backplate.