Thanks to 15-year-old Peter Best of Plymouth, Minnesota, Niklas Backstrom
will have a paint job on his mask for the 2010-2011 season.
After days of wrestling with his very difficult decision, Backstrom went with Best's very detailed design. The mask shows the skylines of St. Paul on one side, and Minneapolis on the other, covered by the Wild's crest at the top. Wolves adorn each side, and the back features the Finnish flag, as well as the Wild's 10th anniversary mark.
Best will now be invited to the studio of mask designer Todd Miska, who will take the design concept and tailor it to meet Backstrom's specifications. He will also have the opportunity to present the finished product to Backstrom in person at the Wild's training camp in September.
Best faced some serious competition from four other finalists, who had unique ideas and looks to their masks. They will all have their submissions autographed by Backstrom.
The four other finalists, in alphabetical order were:
To view the finalist submissions, click here
Once Backstrom makes his decision, the winner will be announced on Wild.com. 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.