DETROIT - Jimmy Howard is really hoping to make the United States' roster at the Sochi games.
He doesn't have to say anything to confirm that. His new mask does all the talking.
The Red Wings goaltender unveiled the new design for his mask, to be worn during the upcoming 2013-14 season. Painted by Bishop Designs, the mask's sides and front feature the Spirit of Detroit, and Old English D, and the city's skyline.
The back? Well, that's reserved for Team USA. Aside from a winged wheel and 'Hockeytown' printed across the length of the back, there is an American flag filling the entire plate.
Howard visited Team USA camp last week, and is a backup candidate to perceived started Jonathan Quick.
The Red Wings open camp Thursday, September 12 in Traverse City.
Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter