Red Wings goaltenders
Petr Mrazek and
Jimmy Howard have started their own holiday tradition. For each of the past two seasons, Detroit's goaltending duo has had brand new masks come their way in time for the holidays with the idea being a limited run of use before the helmets are auctioned off. And this season, the masks are brilliant. Anyone who has paid attention to Mrazek’s mask designs of the past won’t have a difficult time guessing at least one feature of the 23-year-old’s new lid. The ever-present picture of
Family Guy’s Peter Griffin is front-and-center on Mrazek’s mask, but RoboGriffin — a cross between Detroit’s famed RoboCop and the cartoon character — is decked out in red mitts, has a great, white beard and is holding reins. The reins play into the left and right panels of Mrazek’s mask, where a fierce-looking Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer sits ready to take flight. On the chin is the stylized ‘D’ logo that Detroit wore in honor of the Detroit Cougars at the 2009 Winter Classic:
But as great as Mrazek’s mask is, it doesn’t stray too much from what he normally wears. That’s why the nod on this one has to go to Jimmy Howard. The veteran netminder went with a total departure from his normal mask, opting for the “Ugly Christmas Sweater” mask. There is a red and white checkerboard pattern on each side, but where the mask really gets its “ugly” feel is from the four rows of designs, all but one of which uses pixelation to give the mask a bit of that knitted feel. On the crown of the mask is a row of pixelated Christmas trees, followed by a row of reindeer, with a string of Santa Clauses running across the chin and jaw line. Howard also incorporated a Winter Classic logo, using the same primary mark that Detroit wore for the 2014 game at University of Michigan’s ‘Big House’ in Ann Arbor, Mich. Howard’s mask was topped off with the Gingerbread Man from Shrek, who sits on the left panel of the mask:
Both Mrazek and Howard had these Christmas masks designed and painted by DaveArt's Dave Gunnarsson. The masks from last season were auctioned off. No plans have been announced yet for the Red Wings to put these masks up for sale, but it seems likely fans will be able to get their hands on them once again.