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Grand Blanc designer made Howard's, Miller's masks
SOCHI, Russia (WOOD) -- Ray Bishop won't set foot in Sochi, but his work is on display there.
Bishop -- of Bishop Designs in Grand Blanc, near Flint -- designed the masks for Team USA hockey goalies Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres and Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings.
Team USA rolled in the quarterfinals Wednesday, beating the Czech Republic 5-2. The Americans will play Canada Friday in the semifinals.
"With a goalie's mask, you've got to stand out a little bit and get noticed," Bishop said. "Howie's mask, I really like that one."
Howard's mask has a bold red and blue design with white stars.
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"It was something Ray Bishop and myself came up with," Howard said. "I said I wanted a lot of stars on it, so he came up with the bald eagle on top."
"He pretty much gave me the ability to just run with it," Bishop said.
Bishop said he has painted all but one of Howard's mask since he joined the Red Wings.
He has also been working with Miller for a while. Miller's Olympic mask has large red stars, a large image of Uncle Sam flexing his arm and a green clover.
It's drawing a lot of attention.
"I don't know that I have a favorite mask," Bishop said. "But I'd have to say Ryan Miller's Olympic mask going back to 2010 and then now, which is like Ryan Miller's USA mask 2.0 -- it's the new version of it."
On his Facebook page, Bishop posted his excitement at seeing Miller wearing the mask Sunday.
Howard's probably won't see any game action. But it will be a keepsake he'll treasure long after his career is over.
The Wire magazine posted a Top Seven list of goalie masks. Howard's Olympic mask was ranked No. 6 and Miller's was ranked No. 3. Starting Team USA goalie Jonathan Quick's mask took the No. 1 spot -- it features the tomb of the unknown soldier on the back.