Apr 6, 2014 10:46 PM by Greg Smith
Palmer High School student Justin Cox got the thrill of a lifetime Sunday, when Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere wore his artwork.
Cox won a contest to design the netminder's mask. He was invited to the team's practice on Friday, met Giguere, and was present at the game Sunday.
Here's what Cox said about the experience in his own words:
As a young child, goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere has always been my favorite hockey goalie, even long before his days with the Colorado Avalanche. I also have always had a passion for art and graphic design, to be specific. When I stumbled across this contest I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to design something for both my idol, and my favorite hockey team. The Colorado Avalanche contest sponsored by AT&T, "Design My Mask" Contest launched in January and ran until March. The second I saw the contest I immediately started sketching designs and ideas until I created one I loved. After that, I perfected it in a graphic design computer program, to give it the clean, professional look upon submission. When the contest ended, a panel of judges from the Avalanche and AT&T chose the top ten entries, and the top ten entries were open to public voting. Upon receiving the most votes after close to a month of voting, I was named the winner. It was such a dream come true in so many ways. Not only would my design be created, but also would be worn by my lifelong idol, JS Giguere, and for my favorite NHL hockey team. As the winner of the contest I received tickets to the Avalanche/Penguins game on 4/6, where I will be presented the mask from Giguere along with some other prizes. ON top of that, I was able to meet Giguere on Friday and watch him practice with the team wearing my mask. Tonight (4/6) he'll wear the mask again in the pre-game warm ups before presenting it to me. The whole experience has been truly surreal and this has easily been the best weekend of my life!