Gather round, amateur goalie mask designers. New Jersey Devils netminder
Cory Schneider has a task for you. The Devils announced Tuesday that Schneider, along with renowned goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt,
are running a contest that will allow fans of all ages to submit potential designs for Schneider’s mask with the winning design being worn by the New Jersey goaltender this upcoming season. Schneider’s mask design contest will close on Aug. 7, when he will look over the eligible entries and select five finalists to be announced on Aug. 10. The finalists will receive an autographed photo of Schneider, but the real prize is revealed on Aug. 14, when he decides which design he’ll don on his helmet for the 2015-16 campaign.
The winner of the mask design contest will receive four tickets to a Devils game, get to meet Schneider and will receive an autographed stick from the New Jersey puckstopper. Schneider isn’t the first goaltender to wear a fan-designed mask, as this past season St. Louis Blues netminder Jake Allen ran a similar competition which narrowed down fan submissions to a final three, which were then voted on by the public to select the winner. Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom also ran a mask design competition in 2010. Even with a fan-designed helmet, though, Schneider will have a ways to go before he catches former Vancouver Canucks teammate Eddie Lack in the fan-created equipment department. This past season, Lack allowed fan submissions for his pad design, which led to the greatest potential goalie pad design of all-time,
Ryan Miller’s “Taco Pads.” Unfortunately, Lack didn’t select Miller’s design.