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Backstrom Mask Finalists Down To Five

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

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After sifting through more than 500 submissions from kids for "Design Nik Backstrom's Mask" contest, the finalists have been narrowed to five. Mr. Backstrom is currently in his native Finland, trying to decide on the winner.

It was a major challenge to narrow the submissions down to five, because there were so many amazing works of art. A panel of judges selected the finalists based on: creativity, design, concept and entertainment value.

The five finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Peter Best
Kelsey Boden
Lydia Maleitzke
Jared Manzella
Sheridan Norcia

To view the finalist submissions, click here.

Once Backstrom makes his decision, the winner will be announced on The winner will then be invited to the studio of mask designer, Todd Miska, who will work on the mask with the winner. The winner will receive an autographed replica of the final mask, and will be asked to present the mask to Backstrom at the Wild's training camp in September.

The four finalists will have their submissions autographed by Backstrom, and mailed to them.

On behalf of Nik Backstrom and the Minnesota Wild organization, thanks to all of the participants.
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