Cory Schneider or
Keith Kinkaid were playing competitive hockey, the New Jersey Devils had moved away from the white, green and red jerseys that they wore when the club first took the ice. That doesn’t mean the Devils netminders can’t find a slick way to pay tribute to those who wore those threads, though. The Devils are set to host two retro nights over the next five weeks where the club will wear an updated version of their old jerseys, and Schneider and Kinkaid are set to take the ice in matching garb. Their masks are no exception. Thanks to DaveArt’s David Gunnarsson, both goaltenders will have brand new masks for the occasion. Schneider chose to go with a team retrospective — his mask features some of the mainstays of the late-1980s and early-1990s Devils — while Kinkaid is honoring arguably the greatest goaltender in league history:
Schneider’s design features the red, white and green Devils logos on both the left and right panels of the mask, with the Devils’ tail coming to a point at the chin of the mask. It’s awesome to see the way Schneider and Gunnarsson were able to work Ken Daneyko, Scott Stevens, Chris Terreri, Craig Billington and, of course, Martin Brodeur onto the mask. There’s some interesting fine detail, too, such as the mini Devils logos that can only be seen when light hits the mask at the right angle. As for Kinkaid, he went with a more direct tribute to Brodeur. The entire right side of the mask is dedicated to Brodeur, whose number was just recently retired and who now has a statue situated outside New Jersey’s Prudential Center. The images of Brodeur feature the netminder at different stages of his career. Kinkaid saved the left panel of the mask for the retro Devils logo.
Schneider and Kinkaid will wear the masks during retro nights on Feb. 16 and March 17.