DETROIT – Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek are in the Christmas spirit now.
Both Red Wings’ goalies have new Christmas-themed masks, which were donated by Vaughn, and are being auctioned off to benefit Volunteers of America Michigan's Adopt-A-Family program.
“It’s a good idea to get the Christmas mask,” said Mrazek, whose mask features an evil-looking snowman on the top and Peter Griffin, the main character from the cartoon sitcom “Family Guy”.
“It’s Christmastime and fans are going to enjoy it,” Mrazek continued. “I’m happy that they made a mask for me and Howie for Christmas.”
The Wings’ goalies are wearing the masks during the team’s current four-game homestand, prior to the league’s mandated three-day observance of the Christmas holiday. The Wings’ pair will wear the new masks for the last time when Detroit hosts the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.
Howard's mask has already seen game action, jacking up its value, as the veteran wore it in Tuesday's 1-0 shootout. Howard will play Friday when the Wings welcome the New York Islanders to The Joe.
Twelve Wings’ players adopted families this holiday season and the funds raised from the masks will allow Volunteers of American to purchase big-ticket items for the players' adopted families, including a washer and dryer for a family who lost their appliances during the torrential rains and subsequent flooding that ravaged parts of southeastern Michigan this past August.
“It’s always good whenever you can raise money for someone who needs that and will use it for a good thing,” Mrazek said. “So I’m really excited for that.”
The auction for the two masks is currently underway, and will conclude at 12 p.m. EST on Jan. 2. In order to submit a bid, please CLICK HERE.