CALGARY, Alta. – For the 13th year, goalie masks designed by young Canadians will be front-and-centre at the IIHF World Junior Championship thanks to the Bauer and Boston Pizza Design-A-Mask contest. Two winners will be chosen, one in the 12-and-under category and one in the 13-to-18 category.
The masks designed by the winners will be worn by Canada’s National Junior Team goaltenders during the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2015 to Jan. 5, 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.
The contest is open until Sunday, Nov. 1. All designs must include the Hockey Canada logo and have a Team Canada theme. Completed entries can be mailed to Hockey Canada. In addition, participating Boston Pizza restaurants will have placemat entry forms, which can be submitted at the restaurant.
“Year after year, it is a thrill for the goaltenders of Team Canada to wear the designs of our fans,” said Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations/national teams for Hockey Canada. “Through Design-A-Mask, Bauer and Boston Pizza give young Canadians a chance to be a part of the team that proudly wears the Maple Leaf and represents our country on the world stage. It’s an important reminder for our players of the thousands of fans who are cheering us on in the arena, and back home.”
In addition to the thrill of having their designs chosen by the hockey industry’s top goaltender aficionados and worn by Canada’s netminders, the two winners will also receive their very own duplicate, custom-painted mask, which will be autographed by members of Canada’s National Junior Team.
"We are thrilled to partner with Hockey Canada and Bauer on the design-a-mask program and give young hockey fans from coast to coast the opportunity to be a part of Team Canada's quest for a gold medal," said Steve Silverstone, executive vice-president of marketing, Boston Pizza International Inc. "Boston Pizza is the best place to watch World Junior hockey games with family and friends while cheering on Team Canada to victory."
Both winners will also receive a trip for two to a game at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship when it returns to Canadian ice in Montreal, Que., and Toronto, Ont., along with a $50 Boston Pizza gift card and a Team Canada jersey.
Past winners have seen their masks showcased by the likes of NHL first-overall selection Marc-André Fleury, and gold medal-winning goaltenders Jeff Glass, Justin Pogge, Steve Mason, Dustin Tokarski and Zach Fucale.
For more information on Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca or follow along through social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada, www.facebook.com/worldjuniors, www.twitter.com/hockeycanada, www.twitter.com/hc_men and www.twitter.com/hc_wjc.