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