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Chris Farley as Tommy Boy on McCollum Outdoor Mask

Chris Farley as Tommy Boy on McCollum Outdoor Mask

Tomas McCollum Winter Festival Mask Tommy Boy backplateDetroit Red Wings prospect Thomas McCollum has a new mask for the Hockeytown Winter Festival that surrounds the upcoming Winter Classic outdoor game, but it’s the unrelated backplate on his new lid that seems more likely to grab the most attention.

McCollum has late actor Chris Farley, portrayed in his role in/as Tommy Boy, displayed on his new backplate. We’ll assume it’s a play on McCollum’s first name and a possible nickname, and not about Farley having a cousin high up in the ranks at Ford Motor Company in Detroit.

Frankly, we don’t care. Any excuse for more Chris Farley is welcome.

As for the rest of the mask, which was painted by artist  Jason Livery of HeadStrongGrafx, it’s a catching combination of McCollum’s current team, the Grand Rapids Griffins, and their recent run to the Calder Cup championship in the American Hockey League on the right side.

The left side is a tribute to the upcoming HockeyTown Winter Festival that is part of the Wings’ outdoor game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, including an AHL game featuring McCollum’s Griffins at the outdoor rink inside Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.

You can find more great masks from Livery on the HeadStrongGrafx website, as well as on Twitter, and FaceBook. But for now, enjoy these closeups of McCollum’s mask:

Tomas McCollum Winter Festival Mask right side

Tomas McCollum Winter Festival Mask front

Tomas McCollum Winter Festival Mask left side

Tomas McCollum Winter Festival Mask Tommy Boy backplate

About The Author

Kevin Woodley

Kevin Woodley is a rec-league target and former contributing editor of the Goalie News magazine. He has written about the Vancouver Canucks and NHL for The Associated Press, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and The Hockey News for the last decade, and covered the 2010 Olympics for The AP.


  1. Paul Ipolito

    That’s Rob Ford and you know it!

  2. Warren Shapiro

    Nice showing the eagle has landed or beware shooters I might take you out of the game with a great save. Nice dedication of Chris Farley. Unfortumately the players don’t see it. This is a interesting mask.

  3. Chris

    Also the scene from the movie is “Tommy want Wingy” not Little Rascals. Clearly not a true Tommy Boy fan.