Earlier in this young NHL season, pictures of the facemask of then-backup Red Wings goalie Thomas McCollum made their internet debut. McCollum has a liking of the late Chris Farley’s character Tommy Boy.
Apparently the sense of humor is a trend among Wings backup netminders as the current Jimmy Howard backup, Petr Mrazek, has a different funny guy on his mask. The 20-year old Czech has a painting of Family Guy‘s Peter Griffin wearing a Superman outfit. Mrazek, the Wings’ fifth-round pick in 2010, has not yet made his NHL debut.
Two backup goalies, two namesakes painted on their facemasks. A pattern is forming.