The renowned comedy show "Seinfeld" hasn't aired any new episodes in more than 18 years, but its impact on the sports world is as evident as ever.
At the start of the 2015-16 NHL season, New Jersey Devils backup goalie Scott Wedgewood proved his genuine devotion to the show by adopting the use of a helmet with decals honoring Seinfeld's David Puddy, a character played by Patrick Warburton known for his passionate fandom – to put it politely – toward the New Jersey franchise.
And now, a full two decades after Warburton gave his all in portraying the wild Devils devotee, artist David Gunnarsson has given him a custom collectible. With his own David Puddy-inspired goalie helmet, Warburtonas is now able to join Wedgewood in honoring the legendary sitcom character. Warburton took an opportunity to show off his new gear to Gunnarsson's Facebook page Tuesday:
While Warburton's career has taken off further in the time since – with roles as Kronk in "The Emperor's New Groove" and Joe Swanson in "Family Guy" being the most notable – it's a nice blast from the past to see the veteran actor honored for his old work.
And if Wedgewood ever does gain that starting role in New Jersey – he only played in four games this year, sitting behind starter Cory Schneider for the majority of the season – the rest of the NHL will be put on watch for the revival of Puddy's infamous fire.