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Dell's custom shark-tastic Stealth Mode pads designed by friend

San Jose goalie got special equipment for alternate jersey nights

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

Aaron Dell's got a fierce new look for the season and has a longtime friend to thank for the killer design.

The San Jose Sharks goalie showed off his new gear from Brian's Custom Sports on social media on Monday. He'll be using the custom set when the Sharks wear their Stealth Mode black jerseys, which they debuted last season.

Instagram from @adell32: Sharks stealth mode

Most of the goalie pads produced by Brian's Custom Sports are drawn up in-house, but the head-on view of a tooth-baring teal shark was the work of Dell's friend, Chance Clark, a designer from Stettler, Alberta who he met playing Junior A hockey.

"For the past two seasons on his pad design, similarly with how I do logos, I will do a concept sheet and just explore varying and unique designs," Clark told "Then the ideas that work, I compile them and submit to Aaron. He selects the ones he likes. I will tweak and tighten up the design until we are both happy with it."

Instagram from @visual_merc: Shark close-up

The pads Clark designed for Dell last season featured a different view of a shark.

Instagram from @adell32: A big thanks to @visual_merc for the design and to @goaliesonly for bringing it to life. #bstar #goaliesonly

The black pads were specifically designed for the stealth mode nights, so Dell will also have a white set from the Optik2 line of pads for regular use during the season.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: #StealthMode is the new night mode.

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