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Miller is Russian Nesting Doll on Olympic Mask

Miller is Russian Nesting Doll on Olympic Mask
The backplate on Ryan Miller's new Olympic mask features his family as Russian nesting dolls, as well as a veiled reference to the Miller Time logo he had to remove last time.

The backplate on Ryan Miller’s new Olympic mask by artist Ray Bishop features his family, including his wife, actress Noureen DeWulf, and dog Puck, as Russian nesting dolls, as well as a veiled reference to the “Miller Time” catch phrase he was forced to remove last time.

Ryan Miller learned the hard way at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics that the International Olympic Committee can be hard to deal with at times.

The Buffalo Sabres and American No.1 goalie was forced to remove his long-time catchphrase “Miller Time” from the back of his mask for the 2010 Games, and had to fight just to keep the “Matt Man” tribute to his cousin Matt Schoals, who died in 2007 after a long battle with leukemia.

This time around, Miller had his long-time personal painter Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs get a little more subtle with the messages on the back of the mask. Instead of Miller Time, which obviously doubles as the motto for a Miller Beers, they used a clock set to 5:01, which is Miller time.

“He is a very smart guy,” Bishop said of Miller. “He has good ideas.”

That included the Russian nesting dolls that sit overtop of the clock on the backplate, with Miller, his actress wife Noureen DeWulf, and their dog, Puck.

There is nothing subtle, however, about the front of Miller’s Warwick mask, which continues the patriotic theme from 2010, with Uncle Sam rolling up his sleeves to reveal a USA tattoo on the right side, a fierce looking eagle ripping through the left side, the USA logo from the 2014 Olympic jerseys on the chin, and stars and stripes all over. There is also one green clover on each side, a nod to Irish heritage and Jim Craig, who had them on his mask for the 1980 Miracle on Ice gold-medal winning team.

You can find more great art from Bishop on his company website, and his Facebook page includes photos of the various stages of paint that went into this mask, as well as past Miller lids. And be sure to follow Bishop on Twitter, but for now enjoy these close ups:

Ryan Miller 2014 Olympic Mask (1 of 1)

Ryan Miller 2014 Olympic Mask (1 of 3)

Ryan Miller 2014 Olympic Mask (2 of 3)

Ryan Miller 2014 Olympic Mask (3 of 3)

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4 Comments

  1. Cathy

    I don’t like the nesting dolls on the backplate. Is a picture of your wife and dog really representing your country?

    • marc

      because the bald eagle, uncle sam and usa crest aren’t enough?

  2. aj

    gonna get lit up anyhow

  3. James Adams

    I agreed completely with the Olympic decision to ban military and corporate images on goalie masks and other imagery- the original point of the Olympics was to be a break from war-mankind lays down their weapons and gets ready for fair competition. The US in particular are obsessed with their military and theres a time and a place for it- its not necessary to put camouflage on everything or state ‘support our troops’ . I’m from Britain and all my relations fought and some died for their country- just because I don’t mention it every day or shout it out as a rally cry doesn’t mean I don’t support what they did- the Olympics is not the place for political or military statements.