Forget family, friends or even a beloved family pet. Albany Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood has the ultimate supporter adorned on his mask. Wedgewood’s new Dave Gunnarsson design was
unveiled by InGoal Magazine on Saturday and it features New Jersey Devils fanatic David Puddy – Patrick Warburton’s lunkhead character on the hit show Seinfeld.
Gunnarsson said he and Wedgewood are both
big Seinfeld fans. So painting Puddy on the left ear of the mask was a perfect fit. Wedgewood was picked in third round, 84
th overall, by the New Jersey Devils in 2010 and is now a member of their AHL affiliate.
If you’re not a Seinfeld fan, it’s in a sixth-season episode – which aired on May 11, 1995 – where Puddy displays his undying affection for the Devils. Puddy attends a Stanley Cup playoff game between the Devils and New York Rangers with his girlfriend, Elaine Benes, and her friends Jerry Seinfeld and Cosmo Kramer at Madison Square Garden. He wears a red Martin Brodeur jersey. Oh, and he paints his face in old-school Devils red and green colors because, “You’ve got to let them know you’re out there. It’s the playoffs.” Puddy pounds on the glass, telling Rangers captain Mark Messier how much he stinks. When a group of Ranger fans tries to get him to relax, Puddy retorts, “Hey man, I’m just trying to support the team.”
The Devils wound up winning the game, much to the chagrin of Elaine, Jerry and especially Kramer, all Rangers fans. It’s hard to know how much of a role Puddy’s fanaticism played in the victory, but surely Wedgewood will take any extra luck he can. Wedgewood is in his fourth pro season with the Devils organization, but has yet to appear in a regular season NHL game. He has yet to play this season because of a
high angle sprain.