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Puddy gets his own mask-erpiece

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils

Puddy supported the team and now he’s got the mask to prove it.

Actor Patrick Warburton, who played face-painting Devils fanatic David Puddy on Seinfeld, recently received his own goalie mask tribute from artist David Gunnarsson.

It’s a replica of the one Gunnarsson created for Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood last season to rave reviews.

Warburton liked it so much, he took to Facebook for a video thank you.

“This is gorgeous,” Warburton said. “Thank you so much. It will have a place of honor on my bar.”

Gunnarsson, an admitted Puddy fan, was only too happy to unite the mask with the man who inspired it.

“It was a huge honor to create and paint it for you,” Gunnarsson posted on Facebook, adding Puddy’s signature line: “#yougottasupporttheteam.”

But some of the credit goes to Wedgewood, whose Seinfeld obsession was the genesis of the whole project. His oldest brother Mark got him hooked years ago and Scott's been a devoted fan ever since, watching all 180 episodes from the show’s nine seasons from 1989 to 1998.

“There’s a lot of Seinfeld fans out there,” Wedgewood said after the original mask was revealed back in November. “It’s a TV show that gets played almost every day. It’s one thing that kind of unites pop culture and sports.”

Warburton weighed in when he saw it, tweeting “This is most awesome! Love it!” to his more than 90,000 Twitter followers.

Now he finally has one of his own. And it’s spectacular.

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