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by George Malik on 05/04/11 at 02:34 AM ET
The Red Wings haven’t said much about Sunday’s news, but as Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has worn goalie masks with “Let’s Roll” written on their back plates, he spoke to DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose about what happened, as well as the reason why a young man from upstate New York—who was actually in Ann Arbor on 9/11 as he played for the U.S.‘s NTDP—chose to commemorate the sacrifices made by those who passed away almost ten years ago:
“I didn’t know anybody, fortunately, but it sort of struck home because we did have one kid from New York City, whose father did work downtown,” he said. “I remember he was a little frantic trying to get a hold of his father.”
Howard said that he remembers learning about Beamer and the “Let’s Roll” acclamation when his coaches on the U.S. Development Team recounted the story of Flight 93.
“The ‘Let’s Roll’ on the back of my mask was a rallying cry when we went over to Slovakia for Worlds, the Under-18s, that year,” Howard said. “The story just stuck with me. I’m very patriotic, you know. Whenever I read stories about that, even today, I still get goose bumps and tingles at how shocking it was.”
Since Howard turned pro, he’s updated the artistic design of his custom mask. But one thing will always remain … and that’s the tribute to those who died during the worst act of war on American soil.
“It will always be there to symbolize what those brave men did on that flight,” said Howard, of the two words. “It will always be there as a tribute to them.”
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