What inspired Paige Barrieau and Madison Shay to create their stunning designs for the Janes Design-a-Mask contest?
More than 180 designs were submitted for the Janes Design-a-Mask contest in advance of the 2020 IIHF Women’s World Championship. After two COVID-19-related delays, Paige Barrieau and Madison Shay will finally get to see their helmets donned by Team Canada goaltenders.
Let’s meet the designers behind the masks and get to know a little more about them.
Paige Barrieau (PB) is 15 years old from Miramichi, N.B., and plays defence for the Miramichi Panthers.
Madison Shay (MS) is 15 years old from Churchill Falls, N.L., and is a goaltender with the Churchill Falls Thunderbirds.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MASK?
PB: I knew I wanted to do a retro look, so I looked up some old hockey mask designs, and I got some inspiration from those. It’s black with red stripes, and it’s very retro. I saw [the Team Canada] jerseys; they did have black on them, and I thought it would be cool to try something different, so I focused on black.
MS: I wanted to put some things on it that represented Canada. So, I have the snowflakes on it, because Canada is known for winter. And I have the moose. That represents Canada, but also there’s a lot of moose where I’m from, so I wanted to put something that represents where I’m from as well.
DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF AN ARTIST?
PB: Yes. I love drawing. It’s one of my favorite hobbies, so this was a great contest for me. My two favourite things, drawing and hockey. It was jackpot for me. I paint, I sculpt. Whatever I could get my hands on, I do it.
MS: Maybe a little bit. I’m not too good at art, though it is pretty fun. I like it.
DID YOU TAKE ANY SNACK BREAKS WHILE DESIGNING YOUR MASK?
PB: Yes. Whenever I got frustrated or just needed to get away from trying, I’d go and make myself a nice little snack of Janes chicken fries.
MS: I took a couple of breaks for some Janes popcorn chicken.
HOW DID YOU REACT TO YOUR DESIGN BEING SELECTED?
PB: It was crazy. I didn’t think I was going to win. I just thought I’d give it a try, see how it goes. I still can’t believe that I actually won the contest.
MS: It was really cool. I did not think I was going to win at all. It’s like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I did not think I was going to get picked.