Finding Minnesota: Todd Miska’s Hockey Masks


THE MINNESOTA WILD MAY BE OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS BUT A MINNESOTA MAN IS STILL VERY MUCH INVOLVED. TODD HAS A TALENT TO ALLOW HIM TO BECOME PART OF THE NHL CIRCLE MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO. WE TAKE YOU TO CHICAGO COUNTY, WHERE HIS MASKS ARE ADDING TO THE SPORT OF HOCKEY. THE FIRST MASK WE DID. Reporter: IT PICTURES IN TODD’S OFFICE ARE LIKE A WHO’S WHO OF NHL GOALTENDERS. AWESOME GUYS AND THEY ARE VERY SPECIFIC ON WHAT THEY WANT. Reporter: THIS IS NO ORDINARY WALL OF FAME, EACH PICTURE IS ESSENTIALLY A GOALIE THANK YOU FOR MAKING THEIR JOB OF GETTING PELTED BY PUCKS A LITTLE EASIER. FIRES IT, MY GOODNESS! THEY CALL AND SAID YOU COULD PAINT THIS, I LOOKED AT THE BROKEN MASK AND SO I DUPLICATEED THE PAINT JOB ON A NEW MASK. LIKE ALL PROFESSIONALS HIS CAREER BEGAN ROOKIE RANKS, THE FIRST MASK WAS FOR A HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER WORKING AT DAVE’S SPORTS SHOP. THE KID WENT TO GOALIE CAMP THAT SUMMER AND 2-3 MORE GUYS WERE LIKE WHERE DID YOU GET IT PAINTED? Reporter: WORD OF TODD TURNING MASKS INTO WORKS OF ART SPREAD THROUGHOUT HOCKEY CIRCLES, ALL THE WAY UP TO COLLEGE PLAYERS. THEN ONE DAY HE GOT A CALL FROM A HELMET MANUFACTURER. HE CALLED ME AND SAID I SEE YOU DESIGNS, THEY LOOK GREAT. WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN DOING AN EDDY BELLFOR MASK? I WAS LIKE ARE YOU KIDDING ME? HE PAINT ADMAC FOR THE HALL OF FAMER AND HAD EDDY THE EAGLE, THEN HERNANDEZ CALLED. HE CALLED BECAUSE HE WAS WITH EDDY IN DALLAS, HE SAID IF YOU DO EDDY’S, YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO DO MINE. Reporter: THAT IS HOW TODD BECAME A PLAYER IN THE NHL. FROM ALL STARS TO WILD GOALIES OVER THE YEARS HE POINTEDALIC’S MASK WHEN HE WAS CALLED UP THIS YEAR. WE DO THE DESIGN ON THE COMPUTER, I WILL PRINT IT ON PAPER AND DIGITALLY E MAIL, GET THE APPROVAL, ONCE THEY SAY THAT IS GREAT, LOVE IT, I WILL TAKE ALL THE GRAPHICS AND HAND PAINT IT ON TO THE MASK. Reporter: MOST FANS DON’T REALIZE THERE IS A STORY BEHIND EVERY IMAGE, EVERY PAINTING, EVERY PIECE OF ART. ACTUALLY HE E MAILED HIS FOOT PRINT SHS I PUT IT– PRINTED AND AND PUT IT ON THERE. Reporter: ED WANTED A MAKE A WISH LOGO ON HIS BUT HIS FAVORITE WAS JOSH HARDING WHO WANTED TODD TO PAINT ON HIS HOME TOWN RINK. THE BACKGROUND WAS THE OLD WARMING HOUSE AND WE HAD HIS HOUSE, THE GREW HE UP AS A KID, IT WAS ON THE RINK. Reporter: TODD’S BIGGEST FAN IS THE PERSON HE ADMIRES MOST, HIS SON, WHO WAS THE GOALIE FOR THE NATIONAL RUNNER UP TEAM. AWESOME, DESIGNING MY MASK, A SPECIAL FEELING FOR ME. Reporter: HUNTER’S MASK HAVE STORIES, TRIBUTES TO HIS PET BULL DOG AND BELOVED GRANDFATHER. HE PASSED THAT YEAR SO I WANT ADTRIBUTE TO HIM. THIS YEAR I GOT MY BULL DOG, PRETTY COOL THING TO HAVE MY OWN DOG AS THE TEAM MASCOT. Reporter: AND FOR TODD, THE FINISHING TOUCH TO SEE HUNTER’S MASK FRONT AND CENTER ON THE BIGGEST HOCKEY STAGE OF ALL. THE REALLY EXCITING PART IS YOU GET TO THE NHL, IN THE NHL GAME, THAT WOULD BE THE PINNACLE, INCREDIBLE. Reporter: JOHN LAURITSEN, WCCO 4 NEWS. HUNTER SIGNED A PRO-CONTRACT WITH THE PHOENIX COYOTES. TODD DOES DESIGNS FOR WELDER

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