InGoal update: More on Dipietro’s combo-cage and Hasek head shots
Plus Hasek wants to play one more year; and checking in with some familiar names in other KHL creases in the March 22 update.
Ingoal Magazine received strong interest from the many helmet-cage combination enthusiasts and other curious parties who witnessed New York Islanders’ goalie Rick Dipietro turning back the clock by wearing Chris Osgood’s old cage-combo during a game on Saturday.
As explained in the original article, Dipietro donned the retro lid, which was reportedly one that Osgood left behind from his time with the Islanders, to protect his face after his cheek was shattered by the left hand of Brent Johnson during a now infamous early February goalie fight.
Given how well Dipietro played in his first game back after missing six weeks, facing a penalty shot in the dying moments of the third and winning the shootout with nice saves on Mike Santorelli and Sergei Samsonov (video below for those who want to see some solid goaltending and dwell a bit longer in the nostalgia of the 1980’s), it makes you wonder whether he might be superstitious enough to continue with the combo.
And while the Los Angeles Kings thought the combo unsafe enough to force former goalie Dan Cloutier out of one, Dominik Hasek doesn’t appear to think so: here are highlights of this year in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, purposely using his forehead to make a save (although it must be noted that he is no longer using an SK2000, rather the custom built lid from Warwick masks shown in the photo accompanying the original InGoal article on Dipietro’s set up):
For the record, aside from those goalies playing in a vintage Jofa combo, most of the combo cage wearers are using the Cooper SK2000 helmet and Cooper HM30 cage. If anyone out there is interested in trying one (just for the sake of tradition or maybe out of a twisted desire to tempt fate), a quick scan of eBay (because, hey, even Osgood’s past NHL equipment managers have had to look there for parts) reveals the following available:
SUPER SUPER AWESOME Jofa 290/267 combo (This ad is worth checking just to read the hilarious sales pitch)
Hasek wants to stay in KHL …
Speaking of Hasek, the Dominator got a well-deserved 45 second ovation from Buffalo fans at a pre-game ceremony Saturday welcoming the six-time Vezina and double Hart Tropy winner back to his old stomping grounds.
For those who haven’t followed Hasek, since his Stanley Cup win in Detroit and retirement from the NHL in 2007-08, he has played in the Czech Republic (winning the national championship there) and now in the KHL with Moscow Spartak, where his team finished out of the playoff race. Asked about his future, Hasek told The Associated Press he would like to continue playing professionally, despite the fact he turned 46 midway through this season:
The NHL, it’s the best show in the world, but I said already when I left Detroit, I said goodbye to the NHL. I want to play. But if I want to play, I don’t want to be a backup goalie … I still believe I could play on the highest level. However, it wouldn’t be a good idea to come back right now to the NHL. I feel like I want to stay in hockey, but it’s got to be Russia.
It appears Hasek may swap jerseys next year, looking for a team with more resources in the hopes of adding yet another piece of hardware to the Hasek family mantle. Spartak’s payroll was only $9 million – not for the goalie, but for the entire team – and they were eliminated from the playoffs in four straight, the last of which saw Hasek pulled in the first period after finishing fourth in KHL wins.
… but Hasek not only recognizable NHL name among goalies in Russia
Hasek isn’t the only familiar name listed among the KHL statistics, however. Here is a list of goalies currently in Russia’s top professional circuit that many NHL observers may have also heard of before:
Yann Danis – Currently the goalie for Khabarovsk Amur. Quebec born, Brown University All American and two-time MVP. He played with Montreal, New York Islanders and most recently was Martin Brodeur’s backup in New Jersey last season.
Karri Ramo – Finnish teammate of Jaromir Jagr with Omsk Avangard. A sixth-round draft choice in 2004 who played 48 NHL games for Tampa Bay, Ramo’s name came into the news this season when his rights were traded to Montreal in exchange for up-and-coming Lightning goalie Cedrick Desjardins.
Jeff Glass – Former Canadian Hockey League goalie of the year and a 5-0 gold medal stopper for Canada at the 2005 World Junior Championships. After three seasons sharing the Binghamton Senators net with Kelly Guard and current Avalanche backstop Brian Elliott, Glass signed with Barys Astana, a team in Kazakhstan, as a free agent.
Vitaliy Yeremeyev – Glass’s teammate with Barys Astana; a 9th round (209th overall) pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. He played four games for them in the 2000-2001 season before being released. After that he played in the KHL from 2002, starting with Moscow Dynamo. He was the Kazakhstani goalie at 2006 Olympics and 2010 IIHF championships.
Scott Munroe – A multiple record holder for Division 1 NCAA University of Alabama-Huntsville, Munroe signed with Philadelphia Flyers in 2006 and played five seasons with the AHL Phantoms and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Notably was the winnng goalie inthe longest AHL game ever, a 3-2 quintuple OT victory by the Phantoms against the Albany River Rats that lasted 142:58 .
Vitaly Kolesnik – Though never drafted, in 2005-06 he played 29 AHL games (Lowell Lock Monsters) and eight NHL games with Colorado, where he backed up Peter Budaj. He has played for three different KHL teams, including the current Salavat Yulaev Ufa. As reported on the Puck Daddy website, Kolesnik was involved in a bizarre and scary incident against Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, where a drunk fan reached over the Ufa bench and whacked him in the head with a stick, inflicting a concussion.
Sebastien Caron – A well travelled Rimouski Oceanic grad and 2000 Memorial Cup winner who played in the AHL (Wilkes barre Penguins, Norfolk Admirals, Portland Pirates), NHL (Pittsburgh- 88 games, Chicago- 1 game, Anaheim- 1 game, Philadelphia, Swiss A-league (Fribourg-Gotteron) and most recently for Chelyabinsk Traktor. Got a Stanley Cup ring as a back up with the Ducks in the 2007 playoffs and was the seventh goalie that the Philadelphia Flyers called on in an injury riddled 2009-10 season.