Artist: Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs
Miller has used two masks this season. This Johnny Canuck mask was the second one.
Comment from Anon below: "The Johnny Canuck mask-according to the Canucks and Bishop Designs-was only for the alternate jersey, while the other one was the main mask used in the season."
When we talked to Bishop, he said Miller “asked me to come up with a design that would have more of an iconic feel to it (similar to the buffalo style mask we have done so many of in the past), but using the logo elements from Vancouver.” While the blue, green, and white are unique to the Canucks, the characters and style of the mask art are omnipresent in the First Nations art and culture of British Columbia.
The orca head that dominates the mask, with eyes and nostrils atop the mask, and large bared teeth above the cage of Miller’s new helmet is a classic character among totem poles in the Pacific Northwest. So is the small eagle that rests on the chin of the mask.