Ben Bishop goes darker with newest Stars mask
Just as fans grew used to Ben Bishop’s Tron Legacy mask design in electric green, he’s gone and switched things up on them.
Bishop is the newest starter for the Dallas Stars, arriving with the Central Division club after getting dealt by the Los Angeles Kings following an unsuccessful bid for a postseason run on the West Coast.
Since arriving in North Texas, things have taken some getting used to for the league’s tallest netminder – he was recently pulled from a game and sounded off about the decision by head coach Ken Hitchcock, although he boasts an impressive .920 save percentage so far on the year.
His new mask, though, is sure to catch plenty of eyes, regardless of how things are going with his adjustment to a new coach and system:
It is with a great pleasure we unleash Ben Bishop’s latest chapter in his mask art saga💪🏻📕. I am so happy and proud to be Ben’s mask artist, we have been working together for so many years🙏🏻😊. This new design is created on a black composite surface, with all the Bishop mask ingredients to transform the mask into a true Bishop mask💡. Bold and crisp, and a subtle evolution from his earlier masks. And yes, it also glows in the dark💡👊🏻. #benbishop @dallasstars #DaveArt #nhl #DaveArtGlow @nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity
Entitled “Dallas Eclipse”, Bishop’s new mask is just the latest in a series of eye-catching designs for the big starter from Swedish mask artist Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt.
It’s got a similar feel to his last few masks, which were inspired by the Disney movie Tron Legacy. That mask series started off while Bishop was still with the Tampa Bay Lightning, though, where the movie’s design matched the team’s color scheme – so while it still looked catchy in the Dallas green, it was time for a new look.
The dark background is still there, although Bishop goes with a full blackout to the mask this time around. The sides boast a pair of Stars logos, with the ‘Big D’ superimposed over the state of Texas on the right and the Dallas logo in glowing green on the left.
It’s a remarkably simple design for Gunnarsson, who is known for his superb detail work; apart from the two logos on the sides, the only adornment other than some carbon-fiber ‘weave’ detailing in the black background is Bishop’s number on the chin.
In true DaveArt fashion, though, it’s more than just a singular design; when the lights go out, the mask itself literally glows. It makes for a dynamic entrance to the ice before each game, standing out among Bishop’s non-glowing teammates.