TORONTO, Ont., and MONTREAL, Que. – Two budding Canadian artists will have their masterpieces showcased on the world stage thanks to the Boston Pizza and Bauer Design-A-Mask contest.
Team Canada’s goaltenders will sport masks designed by Canadians Lauryn Collett of St. John’s, Nfld., who won the under-13 category, and Peter Sprawson of Oakville, Ont., who won the 13-18 category of the annual Boston Pizza and Bauer Design-A-Mask contest.
“I love hockey and have been playing goalie ever since I was seven years old,” said Sprawson. “I found the concept of actually being able to design my very own goalie mask very exciting. I like to experiment and do things that haven’t really been done before. On the side of the mask I designed a pattern that I haven’t seen on any goalie mask before, so I was inspired to include it. The race car stripe down the middle was also something I haven’t seen that often.”
Their designs were selected among four finalists through online voting that garnered more than 10,000 total votes.
“I’m really excited to have won,” said Collett. “It’s really cool to design a mask and have it worn by a Team Canada goalie. I drew the map of Canada to show the country, and I also put the Team Canada logo and maple leaf on the front.”
Special mention goes to runner-up in the under-13 category, Edward K., of Annaheim, Sask., and Ryan D., of Waterloo, Ont., who was runner-up in the 13-18 age category.
In less than 30 days, the puck will officially drop on the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, and a group of 32 playersinvited to Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp was announced earlier on Tuesday – including three goaltenders: Carter Hart (Sherwood Park, Alta./Everett, WHL), Connor Ingram (Imperial, Sask./Kamloops, WHL), and Michael McNiven (Georgetown, Ont./Owen Sound, OHL).
Canadian kids were invited to submit their designs by downloading the contest forms from the Hockey Canada website, or picking them up at a Boston Pizza location. Design-A-Mask is a unique opportunity that gives kids a chance to be part of the IIHF World Junior Championship in a meaningful way, and gives the goaltenders a piece of Canadiana to wear on the ice.
“Congratulations to Lauryn and Peter for winning this year’s Design-a-Mask contest,” said Alex Green, Vice President of Marketing, Boston Pizza. “Boston Pizza is proud to once again partner with Bauer and Hockey Canada on this exciting and one-of-a-kind experience. Each year, Boston Pizza restaurants look forward to seeing the many creative contest submissions and to sharing the joy of bringing young hockey fans closer to the World Juniors action.”
Collett and Sprawson will receive their own duplicate masks, as well a trip for two to a Team Canada game at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, along with a $50 Boston Pizza gift card and a Team Canada jersey.
For more information on Hockey Canada, Canada’s National Junior Team, and the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter, as well as #WorldJuniors.