Howard Lifts Spirit of Detroit on New Red Wings Mask
Jimmy Howard has always tried to capture the spirit of the Motor City on his Red Wings masks.
This time, instead of hot cars like the Mustang Shelby that honour the automotive roots of the area, Howard actually put the Spirit of Detroit, a landmark statue, and has it raising the city.
For the always thoughtful Howard, the new mask by long time personal painter Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs symbolizes the Red Wings ability to lift the spirit of a city that has suffered through a lot of hard times recently.
The rest of the design maintains the distinct Detroit feel, with the old English D on the chin sprouting the wings of the Winged Wheel that symbolizes the team. The backplate background is an American flag, with “Hockeytown” scrolled across the middle, and Howard’s staple for more than a decade, “let’s roll” above it.
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 Howard lids. And be sure to follow Bishop on Twitter, but for now enjoy these close ups of Howard’s Spirit of Detroit mask: