DENVILLE, NJ-- A Rockaway man and Knolls grad has finally fulfilled one of his lifelong goals. Recently, Shawn Berhman entered a contest to design NJ Devils goalie, Cory Schneider, a mask for the hockey season.

Berhman told TAP that he has always wanted to be a part of the New Jersey Devils organization in someway or another. When he heard about the opportunity to design the helmet for Schneider, he knew he had to try. 

"I drew up my sketch in 20 minutes with pencil. I have always been interested in the history of the Jersey Devil so I tried to incorporate him into my helmet design,"

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Berhman was alerted by friends and family that he had made the top five finalisits when a video that Schneider posted himself had been uploaded to YouTube. Berhman was thrilled to even just be in the top five.

"When I saw that I made the top five, I was shocked. I knew there were going to be millions of entries,"

However, when the direct message on Twitter came from the New Jersey Devils, Berhman couldn't believe what he was reading. As the winner chosen by Schneider, Berhman sent the drawings over to the helmet maker. He was also given a chance to attend a practice and see the finished product on the ice at Prudential Center.

"Sitting in the locker room with guys who are my heroes was special. They just talked to me like one of the guys," Berhman said excitedly.

Berhman's roots are in the Rockaway and Denville area. He moved here as a teen and graduated from Morris Knolls High School in the class of 1999. He told TAP that had he not had the art teachers at Knolls and his family pushing him, none of his artistic talents would be what they are now.

"The teachers at Knolls and my wife and mom really push me to succeed. Through the teachers at Knolls, they pushed me to go to art school for college, from there I opened my tattoo shop, it's full circle."