When Canada’s World Junior goalies take the ice next month they may be wearing a mask designed by a grade six student in Annaheim, Saskatchewan.
Edward Knittig is one of two finalists in the Under-13 category for Hockey Canada’s goalie mask design contest.
“I was looking through my sister’s menu at Boston Pizza and I saw the contest and thought it would be a cool thing to do,” Knitting told CKOM while eating lunch at his home.
Knittig’s design is a red mask filled with white maple leafs and a map of Canada which he says represents the country’s unity around hockey.
“I tried a couple (designs) out and I felt this was the best one.”
After submitting his design, the contest became a bit of an afterthought. At first, Knittig didn’t even know he was a finalist.
“My dad came to a family gathering with a Canada hockey jersey and I couldn’t figure out why,” Knittig said. “Then he showed me a picture of the mask and I figured it out.”
In addition to having their designs featured on one of the goalie’s masks, winners also receive a trip for two to a game at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship along with a $50 Boston Pizza gift card, a Team Canada jersey, and their own painted replica mask autographed by Team Canada. Knittig says if he wins his dad will be the guest of honour.