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Roloson’s new mask pays homage to Islanders legends

Dwayne Roloson gives a shout out to Billy Smith and “Chico” Resch

New York goaltender Dwayne Roloson pays tribute to Islanders legend Billy Smith on the right side of his new mask. (Photos courtesy of New York Islanders and newyorkislanders.com)

New York goaltender Rick Dipietro stole most of the headlines by breaking out a new set of bright pink pads and matching gloves prior to Monday night’s game between the Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs.

As good as Dipietro’s cause is in raising money and awareness for the Hockey Fights Cancer month, for pure aesthetics his playing partner, Dwayne Roloson, was a better story – and not because of a sometimes spectacular 29-save performance in a 2-1 overtime win over Toronto.

Roloson also debuted a brand new orange and blue lid featuring tributes to Islanders greats Billy Smith on the right side, and Glen “Chico” Resch on the other.

And while there was no word on whether or not the Smith image struck fear into any opponent that dared come near the New York crease, Roloson’s shout out to the past is certain to strike a more positive chord with Islanders fans everywhere.

It’s also a nice continuation of a recent trend of tribute masks that, if the response here at InGoal Magazine is any indication, has been well received from goalies all over the world.

The list began with Los Angeles Kings No.1 Jonathan Quick doing his best Rogie Vachon impersonation in the season opener, a story that generated another 10,000+ page views in just over four hours after being picked up in Finland on Monday. It continued with the debut of Canucks backup Cory Schneider on Sunday, and a tribute mask to mark Vancouver’s 40 years in the NHL.

Dwayne Roloson is paying tribute to Islanders great Glen "Chico" Resch on the left side of his new mask. (Photo courtesy of New York Islanders and newyorkislanders.com)

New York goaltender Dwayne Roloson pays tribute to Islanders legend Billy Smith on the right side of his new mask. (Photos courtesy of New York Islanders and newyorkislanders.com)

The back of Dwayne Roloson's New York Islanders tribute mask. (Photos courtesy of New York Islanders and newyorkislanders.com)

Dwayne Roloson is wearing a new mask that pays homage to past Islanders goaltending greats (Photo courtesy of New York Islanders and newyorkislanders.com)

You can find more shots of Roloson’s great mask at the New York Islanders photostream.

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4 Comments

  1. Nick H.

    Cool graphics aside, I gotta say I don’t think I’ve ever saw an orange cage!

    Reply
  2. Potvin's Cups

    I love this mask. It’s the best Isles one I’ve seen since Wade Dubielwitz had Potvin raising the cup on his.

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  3. Potvin's Cups

    PS – Who did this mask?

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  4. chris h

    @Potvin’s Cups Said… the mask was made by Promasque in New Hampshire as all of Rolosons masks are for a very long time now.

    Reply

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