Be it George Costanza’s parents or the reviled neighbor, Newman, the cast of secondary characters on Seinfeld were sometimes the show stealers. And though there’s no replacement for Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer, one secondary character who was always a fan favorite was the mechanic-turned-salesman David Puddy, expertly portrayed by Patrick Warburton.
Puddy only appeared in 10 episodes of the show — it somehow feels like more — but he left a lasting mark on the series and, as far as sports go, on New Jersey Devils fans. As the main plotline of a 1995 episode titled ‘The Face Painter,’ Puddy took to a Devils playoff game against the New York Rangers with Jerry, Elaine and Kramer, only for Puddy to emerge from the bathroom pre-game with his face painted Devils green and red. Why, you ask? Because, as Puddy says, “Gotta support the team.”
The face-painted antics of Puddy, who was also sporting a Martin Brodeur jersey in the episode, landed him a spot this past season on Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood’s mask. Mask artist David Gunnarsson, a fan of Seinfeld and the man behind Wedgewood's lid, made a replica recently and shipped it off to Warburton. He was wowed by the gift from the DaveArt mask designer:
Along with posting the video of Warburton receiving the mask, Gunnarsson wrote that it was “a huge honor to create and paint” the mask for the actor.
The mask was worn by Wedgewood for much of the past season after being unveiled in November. Wedgewood, a big Seinfeld fan, was glad to pay tribute to one of the series’ most memorable moments.
“There’s a lot of Seinfeld fans out there,” Wedgewood said, via NewJerseyDevils.com. “It’s a TV show that gets played almost every day. It’s one thing that kind of unites pop culture and sports.”