The position of goalie has an inherent romanticism: masked men clad with cool armor, serving as the last line of defense. They play entire games, with an unparalleled ability to impact outcomes. When they're on, they can single-handedly defeat a giant foe. They are the consummate underdogs and towering superheroes all at once.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Devan Dubnyk 2015-16 Mask
Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild (born May 4, 1986 in Regina, SK.)
Dubnyk wanted to make sure his sons Nathaniel and Parker were featured prominently on his new mask for the Stadium Series outdoor game against the Chicago Blackhawks at at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Sunday.
While Dubnyk’s original vision had his boys skating on outdoor rink on either side of the mask, he was excited with how realistically artist David Gunnarsson of DaveArt was able to make their images appear on the left side of his new mask, with each wearing eyeblack, a viking helmet and braids, and holding an old wood stick.
“That side of the mask is awesome,” a beaming Dubnyk told InGoal Magazine earlier this week. “I have both my kdis and and they are big and it looks exactly like them.”
The viking helmets are in reference to the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, who play in the same stadium, and there is one adorning “Melman,” the giraffe from the cartoon movie series Madagascar who has long been featured on Dubnyk’s mask in reference to the 6-foot-6 goalie’s nickname, Giraffe.