The position of goalie has an inherent romanticism: masked men clad with cool armor, serving as the last line of defense. They play entire games, with an unparalleled ability to impact outcomes. When they're on, they can single-handedly defeat a giant foe. They are the consummate underdogs and towering superheroes all at once.
While the large winged wheels synonymous with Detroit hockey dominate the sides of the mask, Bishop added in some “Ghost” stripes and details “to sweeten the deal and personalize it a bit more for him (Howard).” Along with Howard’s number 35 in a classic font on the chin, there are some sweet graphics that are unique to Howard and the Red Wings franchise. The 1926, the year of inception for the Red Wings, might be obvious, but if you look above the old calligraphic “D” logo on top of the mask, you can see some faint racing stripes.
On the back of Howard’s mask, a crest depicting an American flag, the motto “Let’s Roll”, and the initials of his two sons accompanied by two rampant lions. Underneath all that, and against a brick wall background, the nickname “Howie” is sprawled out in similar “ghost” fashion to the 1926 written on the top of the mask.