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Design Contest Winner Gets Unique Experience

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Ryan Ramshaw isn’t likely to forget his experience Thursday night at Scottrade Center.

Just two months after having his goalie mask design selected for Jake Allen’s new mask, Ramshaw was invited to the game, got a postgame meet-and-greet with Allen, and saw his mask design in person for the first time.

It looks really bold, the colors look really good,” Ramshaw said Thursday. “I think it will look really nice on the ice with him wearing it.”

Ramshaw’s design was one of over 400 submissions to the Design Jake’s Mask contest, which was featured on stlouisblues.com in November. Allen sorted through all the submissions personally and narrowed it down to three finalists.

Fans voted online during a two-day period, submitting nearly 50,000 votes.

“The morning the Blues posted mine as (a finalist), one of my buddies called me and said ‘hey, yours is one of the ones that made it.’ I got on there and saw it, I was pretty excited,” Ramshaw said. “It feels really good that a lot of people supported me and that I got that many votes.”

Allen, who needed a backup mask for practice, came up with the idea to do the design contest during the preseason.

“I’m pretty easy-going with the design I get each year, so I said why not let the fans have some say in it?” Allen said. “We put together this project and put it online and had hundreds of submissions. It was great to see. I think the mask that came out on top was a pretty cool design, and I’m really happy with it.”

Ramshaw’s design features the Blue Note on the top, big yellow snake eyes on either side, and plenty of the Blues' traditional colors. Allen gave it his own touch, too, adding a “Long Live the Note” banner on each side, as well as the St. Louis skyline near the jaw.

“It was cool to meet Ryan and be able to bring him to a game to see the mask firsthand after it got finished,” Allen said. “He did a great job. It’s a very catchy mask, a cool design and great color as well.

“It was cool to meet him, and thanks again Ryan for the design.”

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