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Wild's Backstrom gets fan-designed mask @NHL
When it comes to picking a mask design, Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom didn't want to have to think too much. Concentrating on saves is his top priority. Coming up with an idea for his mask design usually falls somewhere between picking out what brand of socks to buy and what color drapes he wants in his living room.

Since arriving in Minnesota, he usually had equipment manager Tony Dacosta get in touch with mask designer Todd Miska with the instructions, "Put something cool on there in Wild colors, and make sure you have the Finnish flag somewhere."

When it was announced that Backstrom would let a kid design his mask in a contest last spring, he thought it would be a fun, creative and unique activity for kids to do.

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