ALBANY, NY — Every year people disguise who they are, wearing costumes and masks for Halloween. For Devils goaltenders Maxime Clermont and Scott Wedgewood, the masks they wear nearly 365 days a year are expressions of who they are mixed with team spirit.
“It’s something you get to do that’s different than the players,” Wedgewood said. “You can’t really design a player helmet and make it something different. For us, it puts our mark on it.”
Wedgewood, who has started the last two games for Albany, has had his current design since the beginning of last season.
“On one side I have, what I think, is an image of a Jersey Devil,” Wedgewood said. “If you go back to how the team was named: a bunch of different animals created into one, so on one side I have that. The other side is a tombstone with the past Stanley Cups New Jersey has won on top; it’s just a tribute to them. There is space on the bottom for more to come. Above that there’s a demon kind of protecting the history.
“‘Wedge’ is written on the chin. I’ve had that on most of my masks. On the top is the New Jersey symbol and the back plate on the bottom is my family’s initials and the Devils symbol engraved in the back. It’s nothing too extravagant, but it gets the point across.”
Clermont, who was recalled Saturday to replace Keith Kinkaid, says he didn’t put too much of his personality into his mask, but wanted something “simple and neat.”
“The idea is pretty simple,” Clermont said. “I have two logos on each side and I have kind of a Devils head on the other. I have my nickname on the bottom and in the front, which says ‘Clerm’ for Clermont obviously. It’s pretty simple and pretty basic, but it looks clean.”
The goaltender mask is an iconic symbol throughout sports. Clermont and Wedgewood have similar all-time favorites like New Jersey netminder Martin Brodeur.
“Marty’s has been the same forever and just looks nice,” Clermont said. “Curtis Joseph back in the day was pretty cool with the mouth. Every team he played for he just changed the colors. It was pretty nice and probably my favorite back then.”
“Eddie Belfour was pretty cool with the two eagles,” Wedgewood said. “Felix Potvin
, the cat was always there. Curtis Joseph had the dog or demon-type face over his. Then Marty’s, obviously, you see that one. Jon Vanbeezbrok in Florida’s was pretty cool.”
The Devils practiced Tuesday morning at Times Union Center. They are preparing for a 7 pm outing against Syracuse Wednesday. Mike Sislo, who has missed the last three games with an upper body injury, has resumed skating. Head Coach Rick Kowalsky indicated that Sislo will be available against the Crunch.
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