With the changes that have gone on amongst this Oilers team, netminder Devan Dubnyk figured he should get in on it prior to the season starting on October 1st. So Dubnyk went out and gave his goalie mask a face lift.
Gone is the old school retro look paying homage to Bill Ranford when he occupied the Oilers goal in the 90′s. Well sort of. The Ranford reference is still there but it’s more of a modern look with Melman from the Madagascar series now fully featured. One could argue that a Tommy Salo reference is also on Dubnyk’s mask with the Oilers logo in the same position that Salo had his.
Courtesy of @Oilerland who tweeted the new mask, you can have a look for yourself.
— Oilerland (@Oilerland) September 18, 2013
With a new coach, some new teammates and a new vision for this hockey club, Dubnyk has a new, improved look. And it is a great one. No, I didn’t say “The Great One” I meant the new designed mask is a great one.
Having Melman come out from behind the mask, as was the case in Dubnyk’s old one, has already received some positive feedback from Oilers’ fans on Twitter.
Having referenced both Ranford and Salo, if it was intentional, was a great touch by Dubnyk even if Salo didn’t bring a Stanley Cup to Edmonton.
Recently head coach Dallas Eakins removed all the memorabilia and pictures from the past, provoking a new era and making it about the current players. I wonder how he feels about Dubnyk having two former Oilers referenced on his current mask? Love it or hate it, it’s a great look and here’s to hoping he can take the Oilers to the promised land like Ranford did.
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