Listed at 6-foot-7, it’s no surprise that Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is often referred to as “Big Ben.”
Now the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy finalist has a mask to match.
Painted by Jason Livery of HeadStrongGrafx, Bishop’s new CCM mask features images of the Big Ben clock tower in London ghosted subtly into the Lightning logo on both sides.
“Ben gave us pretty much free reign on the design his only stipulation was he wanted a darker coloured mask so we did mostly dark blue and blue throughout the mask with some neat 3D effects with the bevel edges on the side logos and chin number,” Livery told InGoal. “We also used a splatter look on the top stripes to give the effect of being wet like in a storm. The side logos also have Big Ben clock ghosted in with a sweet liquid metal paint applied over it so at different angles it really shimmers. All in all it was a super fun mask to paint.”
The colours, combined with the effects and lightning throughout, really pop off the page, giving Bishop another thing to be excited about as he works back from wrist surgery in last April and prepares to build on an outstanding first season as an undisputed No.1 in the NHL.