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Up Close with Ryan Miller's New Mask

Thursday, 03.20.2014 / 10:57 AM
By Chris Pinkert - St. Louis Blues / Blue Note Insider
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Up Close with Ryan Miller\'s New Mask

It’s finally here – after almost three weeks of anticipation, Ryan Miller’s new mask arrived yesterday.

As Miller said in a Q&A for stlouisblues.com last week, the mask is a nod to a mask previously worn by former Blue Curtis Joseph in the early 90's.

Here is a side-by-side picture for comparison.

As you can see, Joseph’s trumpets have been replaced by Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix guitars. We know Miller has been known to pick a guitar every now and then, including in a band when he played in the American Hockey League. Joseph’s music notes along the jawline of the mask have been carried over to Miller’s mask, too.


See more photos of Ryan Miller's new mask >>>

On the chin, you can see a tribute to W.C. Handy’s “Saint Louis Blues” song, which is where the inspiration for the St. Louis Blues team name originates. As then-owner Sid Salomon Jr. said, “The name of the team has to be the Blues. It’s part of the city where W.C. Handy composed his famed song while thinking of his girl one morning.”

Below is a picture of Handy's original sheet music and the chin of Miller's mask.

On the back, Miller has the names of his wife, Noureen DeWulf, his dog, Puck and a "Matt Man" tribute to his cousin, who passed away at age 18. Matt is the reason Miller created the Steadfast Foundation, which helps children with cancer return to a sense of normalcy after receiving treatment.

Miller’s mask was designed by Ray Bishop of Bishop Designs, who has also designed masks for former Blues Manny Legace, Roman Turek, Ty Conklin and Tom Barrasso.

Click here to view more photos of Miller's mask.

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