Islander’s Goalie wears Pink for Hockey Fights Cancer
Rick DiPietro has never been shy about making a statement or wearing bold equipment.
The New York Islanders has long shown his proud support for America’s military on his mask,, has worn silver pads in the past, and started this season by complimenting his new headgear with matching camouflage pads.
For the month of October, he plans to combine the two. Dipietro has added bright pink to his new camouflage Bauer gear as part of the Hockey Fights Cancer awareness month.
Dipietro hopes to wear the new equipment – and matching pink sticks – sometime in the next week after getting them broken in. He is also working with Bauer to get a couple more sets made and game ready in the hopes of using them and then auctioning them off to raise even more money.
“It gives us an opportunity to donate some money to charity by auctioning those things off,” DiPietro told the New York Islanders website for an article detailing his plans for pink, and the reasons behind them, starting with his wife losing an aunt to breast cancer.
“It’s something that we wanted to do,” said Dipietro, who also talked about the perspective he’s gained on his own injury woes in recent years.
“Bauer’s done a great job accommodating me.”
In addition to the video below of Dipietro practicing in the new pink pads prior to sitting on the bench as backup to Dwayne Roloson in Monday night’s 2-1 overtime win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, be sure to check out some bigger shots of the pink pads and of the pink gloves at the New York Islanders photo feed. And be sure to check out the great looking new mask that Roloson broke out for that game against the Leafs, featuring tributes to Islanders legends Glen “Chico” Resch and Billy Smith on either side.
(All Photos courtesy of NewYorkIslanders.com)