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Devils teammates want Keith Kinkaid to wear Seinfeld-inspired pads (pic)


New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid is part of a contest where fans have the chance to custom design his pads for the 2016-17 NHL season. While submissions are still being accepted, it may not be worth the time or effort.

Why? Because Devils center Adam Henrique may have come up with such a fantastic concept that it’s unlikely to be outdone.

As most pop culture aficionados can attest, anytime a “Seinfeld” reference can be worked into pretty much anything … well, it’s “Gold, Jerry, Gold!”

And that’s exactly what Henrique accomplished with his submission. While the easy route would have been to go with a David Puddy/”We’re the Devils!” bit (more on that later), Henrique delved deeper into Seinfeldian lore with a reference to one of the better bits involving George Louis Costanza, along with a stick-tap to Cosmo Kramer.

It involves George’s attempt to woo a one-hour photo store’s comely employee with the “Timeless Art of Seduction” in the episode, “The Package.”

Yep, it’s the “Pads of Seduction.” It features photoshopping Kinkaid’s head upon Costanza’s “seductively” posed body from the episode.

Kinkaid reached out in response to Vaughn Custom Sports to gauge their interest in creating said pads.

Still, as Constanza argues in the episode when his ruse goes awry, the case can be made that Kinkaid too put his trust in the wrong person. Well, if Henrique’s submission wins, that is.

All that aside, the contest is being put on by the Devils and submissions will be accepted until Aug. 26. Three finalists will receive a personalized, autographed photo from Kinkaid. The winner will receive:

  • A Meet-and-Greet with Keith Kinkaid including an opportunity to take a photograph with Keith and the winning pad design
  • Four lower level tickets to a 2016-17 New Jersey Devils regular season home game at Prudential Center
  • Keith Kinkaid autographed hockey jersey


Interestingly, should Henrique be named the winner — unlikely — Kinkaid would become the second goaltender in the Devils organization to don Seinfeld-themed equipment. New Jersey Devils goalie prospect Scott Wedgewood sports a David Puddy-themed mask.

Gotta support the team.

[SB Nation]